Latest U.S. Republican Party News

AP-NORC poll: Trump's approval still weak despite economy

Aug. 22, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which finds some support for the president's handling of the U.S. economy but gives him weak...

Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper says he's running for Senate

Aug. 22, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday that he will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the immediate front-runner in a crowded Democratic field vying for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. He made his announcement via a video message in which he blasted...

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he'll seek Democratic nomination for GOP Sen. Cory Gardner's Senate seat

Aug. 22, 2019 5:23 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he'll seek Democratic nomination for GOP Sen. Cory Gardner's Senate seat.

Outside money flows into race for Susan Collins' Senate seat

Aug. 21, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrats vowed last year to make Republican Sen. Susan Collins pay for her vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Republicans declared they would have her back. Neither has forgotten its promises. Money is pouring into Maine's high-profile Senate race, threatening to...

Florida Democrats seek state legislative session on guns

Aug. 21, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A call by Florida Democrats to convene a special session on guns got little traction among Republicans, even as Parkland shooting survivors on Wednesday renewed their pleas for more measures to combat gun violence. March For Our Lives, a group for formed by survivors of last year's...

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

Aug. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls "loopholes" doesn't clear the way for more gun control. Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for Kentucky, the...

Dem House candidate joins GOP rival in helping super PACs

Aug. 20, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat in the country's last undecided U.S. House race has decried dark money in politics but is joining his Republican rival by making it easier for outside flows of political spending to help out their campaigns. A four-minute silent video of Charlotte's Dan McCready was...

Kentucky governor looks for boost from Trump

Aug. 20, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The reelection campaign of Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin recently raised the ante in the November election, placing nearly $4 million worth of advertising on television and radio leading up to his showdown with Democratic challenger and Attorney General Andy Beshear. Now, the...

Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses

Aug. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors' offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback, pouring millions of dollars into state level races. In a longtime...

Republican Sen. Barbara Bailey to step down Sept. 30

Aug. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican Sen. Barbara Bailey is stepping down from her Senate seat on Sept. 30. In an Aug. 16 letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, Bailey cited the lack of quality time with her family and church as the reason for her decision and wrote that there are projects she and her husband would like...