Latest Senate elections News

McConnell on reparations for slavery: Not a 'good idea'

Jun. 18, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday rejected reparations for slavery in part because it would be hard to know whom to pay. The Kentucky Republican spoke to reporters on the eve of a rare House hearing on what compensation, if any, the U.S. might owe for the economic and...

Collins casts 7,000th straight vote as reelection race looms

Jun. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Tuesday took her 7,000th consecutive vote as a member of the U.S. Senate, extending a streak she has carefully maintained during more than two decades in the Senate. The 66-year-old Collins is gearing up for a reelection race in 2020 that is expected...

Alabama's Roy Moore to announce US Senate plans Thursday

Jun. 18, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama will announce this week if he is running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, confirmed that he will make an announcement on the Senate race Thursday. Moore, who lost in 2017 to Democrat Doug Jones, told The Associated...

Cunningham: Voters led him to switch to US Senate campaign

Jun. 17, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina state senator is switching races, announcing Monday that he's joined the Democratic effort to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, whose seat would be a major pickup for Democrats trying to win back a Senate majority. Cal Cunningham, a familiar name in state...

Progressive announces bid to challenge Susan Collins in 2020

Jun. 13, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Betsy Sweet, a progressive Democrat who ran for governor of Maine last year, has announced her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. The former State House lobbyist announced her candidacy Thursday at Sebago Lake Distillery. In a statement, she criticized "the wealth,...

Rep. Walker won't challenge Sen. Tillis in NC GOP primary

Jun. 13, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Walker announced Thursday that he won't challenge Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina's Republican primary next year, a move that reflects a state political environment where a candidate's support for President Donald Trump can help make or break a campaign. Walker said...

The Latest: Challenger wins in Fairfax prosecutor primary

Jun. 11, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia's primary elections (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Challenger Steve Descano has scored an upset victory over incumbent Ray Morrogh in the Democratic primary for commonwealth's attorney in the state's largest jurisdiction. Descano beat Morrogh in Tuesday's primary...

O'Rourke campaigns with wife, looks to boost female support

Jun. 7, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Beto O'Rourke stumbled with women from the start, featuring his wife sitting silently in his presidential campaign launch video and joking repeatedly about being a part-time parent. But with his campaign at risk of stalling, O'Rourke is attempting to improve his standing with female...

James announces Senate run against Sen. Peters in Michigan

Jun. 6, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican businessman John James of Michigan announced Thursday that he will challenge first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters in 2020 in a key state for President Donald Trump's re-election chances. James, a 37-year-old African American combat veteran and CEO of an automotive...

Democratic official gets party backing for Graham challenge

May. 30, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A top Democratic National Committee official got major party backing Thursday in his challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, support that brings with it the promise of help with fundraising and grassroots organizing support, both of which would be crucial in trying to...