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Voters cast their ballots for the general election at Victory Houston polling station in Houston, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The location was one of the Harris County's 24-hour locations. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Texas early voting exceeds total of all 2016 ballots

Oct. 30, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texans have already cast more ballots in the presidential election than they did during all of 2016's race — an unprecedented surge of early voting in a state that was once the country's most reliably Republican, but may now be drifting toward battleground status. More than 9...

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, not pictured, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Perdue declines to participate in final debate with Ossoff

Oct. 30, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A final debate between Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff has been canceled after Perdue dropped out, saying he would attend a campaign rally with President Donald Trump instead. The cancellation was announced Thursday night, a day after Perdue and...

4th Congressional District Republican candidate Burgess Owens speaks during an Utah Debate Commission debate against Democratic Utah Congressman Ben McAdams on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (Kristin Murphy/ Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

Conspiracy theory QAnon bubbles into tossup Utah House race

Oct. 30, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The conspiracy theory QAnon bubbled into the forefront in a competitive race for a suburban Utah swing congressional district this week, another sign of how the baseless theory has diffused into mainstream politics. Republican Burgess Owens has now come under scrutiny three times for...

New Jersey governor nominates higher education secretary

Oct. 30, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday nominated an executive with the United Negro College Fund to become New Jersey's next higher education secretary. In making the announcement, Murphy said Brian Bridges “has the vision and experience needed to put a college education within reach...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, Lisa Finander, right, checks that each ballot has the voter's name on the ballot and mailing envelope and Laurie Mattila, left, checked that it was correct at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services in Minneapolis. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 that Minnesota absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court.(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota SOS: Too late to mail ballots -- but not to vote

Oct. 29, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's secretary of state said Thursday it's too late for voters to mail back their absentee ballots if they want to make sure their votes count, after an appeals court ruling indicated that mail-in ballots arriving after Election Day are at risk of being invalidated. A three-judge...

Vehicles line up as a healthcare workers help check people in as they are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

'So frustrating': Grave missteps seen in US virus response

Oct. 29, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A president who downplayed the coronavirus threat, scorned masks and undercut scientists at every turn. Governors who resisted or rolled back containment measures amid public backlash. State lawmakers who used federal COVID-19 aid to plug budget holes instead of beefing up testing and...

GOP campaigns asks that late absentee ballots be separated

Oct. 29, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The campaigns for President Donald Trump and Republican state legislative candidates are petitioning the Minnesota Supreme Court to separate all mailed ballots received after Election Day in case of legal challenges to their validity. The petition filed Wednesday is the latest challenge...

With the U.S. Capitol dome visible, a voter drops a ballot into an early voting drop box, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at Union Market in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Taking a stand has new meaning in heavily litigated election

Oct. 29, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

In the most litigious presidential election in memory, court fights are even happening over where poll watchers may stand as the votes are tallied. Lawsuits by the hundreds already have been filed — with the prospect of many more before and after Tuesday's voting — as both Democrats and Republicans...

FILE - This pair of 2020 file photos shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, right, who are running in the Nov. 3 election to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photos, File)

Collins, Gideon clash in final debate before Election Day

Oct. 28, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Wednesday night over attack ads, health care and the judiciary in their final debate before Election Day. Gideon, speaker of the Maine House, sought repeatedly to link Collins with Senate Majority Leader...

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, not pictured, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Familiar refrain by Perdue, Ossoff in Georgia Senate debate

Oct. 28, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff battered each other Wednesday night with what has become the familiar refrains of their bitter race: Perdue repeatedly accused Ossoff of backing radical, socialist policies while Ossoff slammed Perdue's handling of the...