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Top Democratic donors hear from rising stars ahead of 2020

Dec. 11, 2018 5:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to excite top donors ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee gave a platform Tuesday to the party's rising stars, including winners and one notable loser from the November midterms. Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum, fresh off a loss in a razor-thin...

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...

Perez takes final tour of Democratic convention finalists

Dec. 3, 2018 10:57 AM EST

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is beginning a final tour of potential 2020 convention cities as he tries to give his party its best shot at toppling President Donald Trump. The DNC chairman, who already has set the 2020 convention for July 13-16, is expected in early 2019 to announce his choice...

Bloomberg likely to decide on 2020 bid by early next year

Nov. 14, 2018 12:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Having spent a fortune to help elect Democrats this fall, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared lifetime allegiance to the Democratic Party and outlined an aggressive timeline for deciding whether to run for president. "I think January, February would be about as late as you...

Only on AP: Bloomberg charts aggressive timeline on 2020 bid

Nov. 13, 2018 4:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Having spent a fortune to help elect Democrats this fall, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared lifetime allegiance to the Democratic Party on Tuesday and outlined an aggressive timeline for deciding whether to run for president. "I think January, February would be about as...

More races go to Democrats, including Senate seat in Ariz.

Nov. 13, 2018 8:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — No, it wasn't a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night. As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, firming up their grip on the U.S. House and...

Picking up another seat, Dems ride high on slow roll of wins

Nov. 12, 2018 8:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — No, it wasn't a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night. As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, firming up their grip on the U.S. House of...

Georgia's Kemp says he's governor-elect, Abrams fights on

Nov. 8, 2018 11:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia's secretary of state, removing himself from the ongoing count of the governor's election he says he's already won. Kemp made his announcement in the governor's office of the Georgia Capitol, standing beside the man he plans to replace in...

Minnesota AG-elect Ellison resigning as DNC deputy chair

Nov. 8, 2018 12:46 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General-elect Keith Ellison says he is resigning as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison told Minnesota Public Radio on Wednesday night that he's notified DNC Chairman Tom Perez that he "will be retiring from that role to devote all my time...

Democratic chair says Trump is 'absolutely' beatable in 2020

Nov. 8, 2018 11:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee's chairman says Democrats can "absolutely" defeat President Donald Trump in 2020 and Democratic victories this week show they "can win everywhere." Asked what the party learned in 2018 that could be applied to the 2020 presidential campaign, Tom Perez...