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Democratic 2020 campaign revving up quickly

Dec. 7, 2018 12:20 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year's end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The first primary debate could happen as early as May, a full...

Ohio election panel tosses minor parties' debate complaint

Dec. 6, 2018 6:58 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State election regulators in Ohio delivered a blow to two minor parties on Thursday, dismissing complaints that alleged three debates this year that excluded their candidates for governor represented illegal corporate contributions. In a unanimous vote without discussion, the Ohio...

The Latest: Commission dismisses minor parties' debate case

Dec. 6, 2018 12:41 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on complaints by third-party governor candidates in Ohio over their exclusion from a series of debates (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Ohio election regulators have dismissed without discussion two minor parties' complaints over access to a series of 2018 gubernatorial...

GOP's Raffensperger wins runoff for Georgia elections chief

Dec. 5, 2018 12:57 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Republican Brad Raffensperger won a runoff election Tuesday to become Georgia's next secretary of state, taking over the office at the center of a debate over voter access and election security in the Southern state. Raffensperger, a state lawmaker from suburban Atlanta, defeated...

The Latest: Republican wins Georgia elections chief runoff

Dec. 4, 2018 10:29 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on Georgia's Secretary of State race (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Republican Brad Raffensperger has been elected Georgia's new elections chief amid a debate over access to the polls and election security. Raffensperger defeated former Democratic congressman John Barrow in a...

GOP lame-duck bills would move primary, limit early voting

Nov. 30, 2018 10:01 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans released sweeping lame-duck legislation Friday that would move the 2020 presidential primary, restrict early voting and weaken both Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul and Gov.-elect Tony Evers. The GOP aims to hold a hearing on the bills Monday and take...

German FM expects EU election to polarize European politics

Nov. 27, 2018 4:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says he expects an "enormous polarization" of the political debate in Europe ahead of next spring's European Parliament election, in which populist parties hope to make strong gains. The new European Union legislature will be elected in May. European Parliament...

The Latest: Senator apologizes for 'public hanging' comment

Nov. 20, 2018 8:48 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local): 7:45 p.m. A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi has apologized for complimenting a supporter by saying she would attend a "public hanging" if he invited her to one. In a debate Tuesday...

Trump: Mississippi senator's 'hanging' remark was 'in jest'

Nov. 20, 2018 6:25 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending a Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi who praised one of her own supporters by saying she would attend a "public hanging" if the supporter invited her — a remark that has stirred strong emotions in a state with a history of racially...

The Latest: Senate candidates in Mississippi agree to debate

Nov. 13, 2018 6:16 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The two candidates in a special U.S. Senate race in Mississippi have agreed to their only debate of the campaign season. Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation spokesman Jon Kalahar says...