State elections

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump meets with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., who is planning to switch his party affiliation, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Drew changing his party was one of the top news stories in New Jersey in 2019. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
January 06, 2020 - 8:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making a campaign stop in deep-blue New Jersey later this month to reward U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew for switching parties and voting against his impeachment. Trump will travel to Wildwood, New Jersey, in Van Drew's district on Jan. 28 to hold a rally, his...
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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign stop at Maquoketa Middle School in Maquoketa, Iowa, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP)
January 06, 2020 - 4:27 pm
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — About 500 people packed into the basketball gym in the Fort Madison YMCA to see Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the working class Mississippi River town on the Sunday evening after Christmas. The following Sunday afternoon, Joe Biden attracted less than half to Grinnell, a similar...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gestures while taking part in an on-stage conversation with former California Gov. Jerry Brown at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco. Michael Bloomberg swung through Tennessee on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 highlighting his newly released health care plan and celebrating the opening of the Democrat's state campaign headquarters. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
January 02, 2020 - 2:45 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Democrats will not be able to caucus for Michael Bloomberg next month. The former New York City mayor and Democratic presidential candidate did not file with the Nevada State Democratic Party by a Jan. 1 deadline, the party announced Thursday morning. Bloomberg is intending...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, people vote at Jamestown Town Hall in Kieler, Wis. Conservatives are asking a judge to find the Wisconsin Elections Commission in contempt for not immediately purging more than 200,000 voters from the rolls. A judge last month ordered the purge of voters who may have moved and didn't respond within 30 days to notification sent by the elections commission in October 2019. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP, File)
January 02, 2020 - 1:21 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative law firm on Thursday asked a judge to find the Wisconsin Elections Commission in contempt and impose $12,000 a day in fines until it immediately purges more than 200,000 voters from the rolls, a move Democrats are fighting in the key battleground state. A judge...
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FILE - This file photo combination shows Mike Espy, left, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary, on Oct. 5, 2018, and U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., on Nov. 5, 2018, both in Jackson, Miss. If Espy and Hyde-Smith win their respective party's primaries, they will face each other in the November 2020 general election. Hyde-Smith defeated Espy in a November 2018 special election. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
January 01, 2020 - 8:01 am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Candidates for federal offices can start filing qualifying papers on Thursday in Mississippi. The state's longest-serving member of Congress, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he is seeking another two-year term. The state's...
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December 27, 2019 - 6:48 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican attempts to require photo identification to vote in North Carolina are being thwarted again by judges hearing arguments that the mandate is tainted by bias that would deter black and Latino residents. A federal court announced that next week U.S. District Judge...
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Amy McGrath officially files papers to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 in Frankfurt, Ky. Calling her party's victory in the Kentucky governor's race a jolt of momentum for her own bid to unseat a Republican incumbent, Democrat Amy McGrath on Friday officially filed to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in what looms as a bruising, big-spending campaign next year. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)
December 27, 2019 - 4:23 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Calling her party's victory in the Kentucky governor's race a jolt of momentum for her own bid to unseat a Republican incumbent, Democrat Amy McGrath on Friday officially filed to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in what looms as a bruising, big-spending...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 Dennis Gaddy, the co-founder of Community Success Initiative is seen in the Raleigh, N.C. office. Gaddy, 62, served time behind bars and said he was unable to vote for seven years after being released from prison because he was on probation. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
December 27, 2019 - 11:23 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law that prohibits convicted felons from voting until their full sentence is completed — not just their prison time — is being challenged in court with arguments that were successfully used in recent election-related litigation. Three groups that help ex-...
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File - In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama, speaks at a town hall with high school juniors, seniors and their parents at North High School in Des Moines. Few states have changed politically with the head-snapping speed of Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 27, 2019 - 9:13 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Few states have changed politically with the head-snapping speed of Iowa. Heading into 2020, the question is whether it's going to change again. In 2008, its voters propelled Barack Obama to the White House, as an overwhelmingly white state validated the candidacy of the...
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In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, photo, Karen Brenson Bell, from North Carolina, listens during an exercise run by military and national security officials, for state and local election officials to simulate different scenarios for the 2020 elections, in Springfield, Va. These government officials are on the front lines of a different kind of high-stakes battlefield, one in which they are helping to defend American democracy by ensuring free and fair elections. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 26, 2019 - 1:38 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Inside a hotel ballroom near the nation’s capital, a U.S. Army officer with battlefield experience told 120 state and local election officials that they may have more in common with military strategists than they might think. These government officials are on the front lines...
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