State elections

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., takes questions from reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Congressional Republicans have spent most of the past two years studiously avoiding any public fights with President Donald Trump, either out of party loyalty or fear of being on the wrong end of a presidential tweetstorm. That public show of unity ended emphatically when Trump announced he would be withdrawing U.S. forces from northern Syria in advance of an impending Turkish military operation against Syrian Kurdish militia fighters. Graham, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas all joined Democratic colleagues in publicly criticizing the idea, with Graham even going on Fox News to label the decision “short-sighted and irresponsible.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
October 15, 2019 - 3:17 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Lindsey Graham has posted what his campaign says is a record-setting fundraising haul as he seeks a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Graham's $3.29 million raised in the third quarter of this year is the most raised in a single quarter by any candidate in South...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2008, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., middle, is introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., left, and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, right, during a rally at Shawnee State University, in Portsmouth, Ohio. As Democrats bring their primary debate to Ohio Tuesday, the question is whether the Republican foothold in Appalachia and places like industrial Youngstown is irreversible, whether Ohio is a political battleground no more. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)
October 14, 2019 - 10:20 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chris Gagin says he hasn't changed much politically, even as so much around him has. The attorney from rural Belmont County, Ohio, became a Republican in 2013 after Democrats embraced environmental policies that he believed were detrimental to the area's coal mining and...
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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at his election night watch party in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
October 13, 2019 - 12:53 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' quest for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor will stretch over another month, as voters denied him an outright primary win Saturday and sent him to a runoff election. The incumbent's inability to top 50% of the vote in...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, now former, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a press conference in his office at the Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. Illinois' top leaders trumpeted the benefits of automatic voter registration when signing a 2017 bipartisan effort into law: more civic participation, fewer barriers to the ballot box and modernized systems. But the state hasn't lived up to its promise with a rollout that's behind schedule and several state agencies struggling to get on board. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP File)
October 12, 2019 - 10:46 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' top leaders trumpeted the benefits of automatic voter registration when signing a bipartisan plan in 2017 to change how the state finds and signs up eligible but unregistered voters: more civic participation, fewer barriers to the ballot box and modernized systems. But...
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President Donald Trump speaks during his Keep America Great Rally at the Civic Center in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (Rick Hickman/American Press via AP)
October 11, 2019 - 9:52 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's rally in Louisiana (all times local): 8:50 p.m. President Donald Trump is incorporating the winners of the 2019 Little League World Series into his political campaign rally as he tries to make inroads with Louisiana voters before a gubernatorial...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards acknowledges his supporters as he comes out onstage for a debate with Eddie Rispone and Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham in Baton Rouge, La. Angry callers flooded Edwards’ office with opposition during debate over an abortion ban the Democrat supported, threatening to withhold support for his reelection bid. Months later, Edwards is hoping outrage over the ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy won’t damage support from his Democratic base as voters make decisions in Saturday’s election on Oct. 12. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool, File)
October 10, 2019 - 10:12 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's John Bel Edwards is the only Democratic governor in the Deep South. He's also a rare Democrat committed to taking stands against abortion. That has outraged abortion rights advocates, whose angry calls flooded his office before he signed a ban on abortions as...
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President Donald Trump speaks after a signing ceremony for a trade agreement with Japan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 10, 2019 - 3:36 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The conflict and Twitter battles arrived in Minnesota well ahead of President Donald Trump's touchdown in the state. Trump traded Twitter insults with the Minneapolis mayor over who should pay more than $500,000 in security costs for Thursday's rally at a downtown arena. He...
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Virginia House of Delegates Speaker, Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, waits for the door to be answered as he canvasses a neighborhood in Petersburg, Va., Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Cox is facing Democratic challenger Shelia Bynum-Coleman in the November election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
October 09, 2019 - 11:13 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox is a low-key retired school teacher who hasn't faced serious competition since the first President Bush was in office. Now he's a top target of Democrats —both in and out of state— looking to capitalize on voter antipathy toward the current...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.Retiring House and Senate Republicans are a natural group to watch for defectors as Democrats’ impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump builds steam. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
October 08, 2019 - 8:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to warn the public about efforts by foreign governments to interfere in U.S. elections, a subject he has largely avoided, and take steps to thwart attempts by hostile nations to use social media to meddle...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Gov. John Bel Edwards acknowledges his supporters as he comes out onstage for a debate with Eddie Rispone and Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham in Baton Rouge, La. Edwards is battling to hold onto the Democrats’ only governorship in the Deep South. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool, File)
October 08, 2019 - 12:30 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is out to prove he's no fluke. The straight-laced West Point graduate, who shocked the ruby red state four years ago with his longshot election win, is battling to hold onto the Democrats' only governorship in the Deep South, with an onslaught...
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