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MADISON, Wis |Walker says Wisconsin governor’s powers will remain strong

MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that the powers of his Democratic replacement will remain among the strongest of any governor in the country, even if he signs bills fellow Republicans approved in a lame-duck legislative session. The lengthy Facebook post , where Walker praised the measures without saying whether he will sign … Continue reading MADISON, Wis |Walker says Wisconsin governor’s powers will remain strong

JACKSON, Miss. | Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

JACKSON, Miss. — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal supporter of President Donald Trump after he stumped for her in a divisive Mississippi runoff shaped by her video-recorded remark about “public hanging.” Hyde-Smith on Tuesday defeated Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary who was … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss. | Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. | Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida’s acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for Republican Gov. Rick Scott or Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson could not be counted by machine. The hand recount is … Continue reading FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. | Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race

JACKSON, Miss | GOP senator should explain ‘hanging’ remark, challenger says

JACKSON, Miss. — A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a “public hanging,” her black Democratic challenger says. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith made the remark in a video that surfaced Sunday. She praised a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: “If he … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss | GOP senator should explain ‘hanging’ remark, challenger says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla | Florida’s ongoing partisan battle over recount continues

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s ongoing recount battle will head back to a courtroom on Wednesday as lawyers for Democrats ask a federal judge to set aside the state law that mandates that a vote be thrown out if signatures on mail ballot envelopes don’t match the signature on file with election authorities. This is … Continue reading FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla | Florida’s ongoing partisan battle over recount continues

JACKSON, Miss. | ‘Public hanging’ remark puts spotlight on Miss. Senate race

JACKSON, Miss.— A video of a white U.S. senator from Mississippi making a flip reference to a “public hanging” is incensing voters in a special election runoff, drawing attention to the state’s history of lynching and boosting Democrats’ hope of pulling off a stunner in the Deep South. Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing former congressman … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss. | ‘Public hanging’ remark puts spotlight on Miss. Senate race

JACKSON, Miss | Mississippi senator’s ‘public hanging’ remark draws rebuke

JACKSON, Miss.— A newly published video shows a white Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi praising someone by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces a black Democratic challenger in a Nov. 27 runoff, said Sunday that her Nov. 2 remark was “exaggerated … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss | Mississippi senator’s ‘public hanging’ remark draws rebuke

JACKSON, Miss | Critics rebuke Mississippi senator’s ‘public hanging’ remark

JACKSON, Miss. — A newly published video shows a white Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi praising someone by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces a black Democratic challenger in a Nov. 27 runoff, said Sunday that her Nov. 2 remark was … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss | Critics rebuke Mississippi senator’s ‘public hanging’ remark

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Recounts ordered in Florida Senate, governor races

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major races in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election. Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Recounts ordered in Florida Senate, governor races

TALLAHASSEE, Fla  | Florida staring at possibility of recounts in key races

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  — Florida faced the prospect of recounts in the razor-thin races for governor and U.S. Senate, potentially prolonging the battle over two of this year’s most-closely watched campaigns. In the governor’s race, Democrat Andrew Gillum’s campaign said Thursday it’s prepared for a possible recount. He conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night, … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla  | Florida staring at possibility of recounts in key races

MONTPELIER, Vt. | Transgender gubernatorial nominee reflects on campaign

MONTPELIER, Vt.— The country’s first major-party transgender candidate for governor said Thursday she doesn’t know what she will do next now that she’s lost the election in Vermont — but Christine Hallquist is keeping all of her options open. Hallquist, a former utility executive who was a relative unknown at the start her Democratic campaign, … Continue reading MONTPELIER, Vt. | Transgender gubernatorial nominee reflects on campaign

WASHINGTON | The Latest: GOP’s Laxalt concedes in Nevada governor’s race

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Tuesday’s elections for governor and other state offices (all times local): 3:15 a.m. Republican Adam Laxalt has conceded the Nevada governor’s race to Democrat Steve Sisolak. The Associated Press has not called the race, which was one of Democrats’ top targets for flipping control. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval was term-limited. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: GOP’s Laxalt concedes in Nevada governor’s race

OKLAHOMA CITY | Democrat Edmondson threatens GOP dominance in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Republicans seized control of every statewide elected office in the 2010 midterm election, and they’ve maintained their stranglehold over ever since. But in a state Republicans like to boast is the “reddest of the red,” 72-year-old Democrat Drew Edmondson is threatening to break the GOP stronghold and win back the governor’s … Continue reading OKLAHOMA CITY | Democrat Edmondson threatens GOP dominance in Oklahoma

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Campaigning intensifies in close race for Ohio governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Campaigning in the neck-and-neck Ohio governor’s race is intensifying in the run-up to Tuesday’s election. Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallied college students on Thursday for Democratic candidate Richard Cordray, the former federal consumer protection chief. Former Vice President Joe Biden stumped for Cordray on Monday. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) headlines … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | Campaigning intensifies in close race for Ohio governor

HAMPTON, Iowa | Iowa Rep. Steve King keeps low profile amid new controversy

HAMPTON, Iowa— Rep. Steve King is keeping a low profile. Engulfed in controversy for his past support of white supremacist groups and leaders in light of Saturday’s massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the Iowa Republican is riding out the closing days of a re-election campaign whose success is suddenly in question. King has no campaign … Continue reading HAMPTON, Iowa | Iowa Rep. Steve King keeps low profile amid new controversy

INDIANAPOLIS | The Latest: Indiana prosecutor believes women’s claims vs AG

INDIANAPOLIS — The Latest on an investigation into allegations of groping made against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill (all times local): 11:05 a.m. A special prosecutor says he believes the claims of the four women who accused Indiana’s attorney general of groping them at a party, but that he doesn’t have sufficient evidence to prosecute. … Continue reading INDIANAPOLIS | The Latest: Indiana prosecutor believes women’s claims vs AG

COLUMBIA, S.C. | The Latest: South Carolina gov hopefuls draw final contrasts

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Latest on the first of two general election debates between the candidates competing for South Carolina governor (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The men vying to be South Carolina’s next governor are drawing their final contrasts as voters prepare to decide between them in next month’s election. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster … Continue reading COLUMBIA, S.C. | The Latest: South Carolina gov hopefuls draw final contrasts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Michael offers exposure, and risk, to Gillum in gov’s race

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Crisis is often seen as a test of leadership for elected officials. Hurricane Michael whirled into the Florida governor’s race days before it came ashore, and one of the beneficiaries could be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee. The system slammed into the Panhandle on Wednesday as the most powerful hurricane to … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Michael offers exposure, and risk, to Gillum in gov’s race

CLEVELAND | The Latest: Obama says sitting on sidelines is ‘dangerous’

CLEVELAND  — The Latest on former President Barack Obama speaking in Ohio (all times local): 8:47 p.m. Former President Barack Obama says he has a simple message headed into the fall midterm elections: Vote. Obama told a crowd of thousands at a school auditorium in Cleveland on Thursday that the consequences of sitting on the … Continue reading CLEVELAND | The Latest: Obama says sitting on sidelines is ‘dangerous’

BOSTON | In primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

BOSTON— In a political stunner, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano conceded defeat in Tuesday’s primary to Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve Massachusetts in Congress. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker won his party’s nomination for a second term, defeating Scott Lively, a conservative … Continue reading BOSTON | In primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

BOSTON | Incumbents, fresh faces facing off in Massachusetts primary

BOSTON— Voters in Massachusetts are deciding who advances to the November general election to run for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and a slew of other offices. One of the closest watched contests in Tuesday’s primary pits longtime incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano against Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. If elected, she’d be the … Continue reading BOSTON | Incumbents, fresh faces facing off in Massachusetts primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. | Crowded Wyoming Republican governor’s race heads to vote

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  — Wyoming primary voters choose Tuesday from six Republican candidates for governor and decide whether to replace a U.S. senator with a wealthy outsider. This Wyoming governor’s race is the most contested since at least 2010. Republican Gov. Matt Mead is prevented by term limits from running again. The largest share of Republican … Continue reading CHEYENNE, Wyo. | Crowded Wyoming Republican governor’s race heads to vote

MADISON, Wis. | Evers wins Democratic primary, will face Walker

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin state schools chief Tony Evers, a cancer survivor known for his even-keeled demeanor, won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday and will face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November as he seeks a third term. Evers emerged from a field of eight Democratic candidates to win the primary, which comes … Continue reading MADISON, Wis. | Evers wins Democratic primary, will face Walker

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio honors 1st documented black pro football player

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state of Ohio has approved legislation creating a day to honor the first documented, black professional football player, known by the nickname “The Black Cyclone.” Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) signed the legislation designating Feb. 3 as Charles Follis Day. The Akron Beacon Journal reports Follis was born on Feb. 3, … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio honors 1st documented black pro football player

SALINA, Kan | Immigration key issue in rough GOP race for Kansas governor

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Illegal immigration is a key issue for Kansas Republicans as their primary contest for governor grows increasingly contentious. Secretary of State Kris Kobach is a hardliner who has advised President Donald Trump. He made potential state initiatives against illegal immigration an important theme during a debate Saturday in Salina. He’s trying … Continue reading SALINA, Kan | Immigration key issue in rough GOP race for Kansas governor

SANTA FE, N.M | Native American woman advances in New Mexico primary

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democrats rallied around progressive female candidates in Tuesday’s primary – including the party’s nominee for the Albuquerque area’s U.S. House seat who will try to become the first Native American congresswoman. The primary also set up a November race that will mean the most Hispanic congressional district in … Continue reading SANTA FE, N.M | Native American woman advances in New Mexico primary

PHOENIX | Possibility of Arizona teacher strike creates some confusion

PHOENIX | April 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Arizona teachers on Tuesday began weighing whether to walk out of their classrooms to demand more school funding after weeks of growing protests — a vote that’s raising questions about how an unprecedented strike could play out across the state’s education system. The walkout vote comes after Republican Gov. … Continue reading PHOENIX | Possibility of Arizona teacher strike creates some confusion

Correction: Abortion-Mississippi story

JACKSON, Miss. /March 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — In a story March 19 about abortion legislation, The Associated Press erroneously identified the name of a group involved in legal action opposing the law. It is the Center for Reproductive Rights, not the Center of Reproductive Rights. A corrected version of the story is below: Quick court … Continue reading Correction: Abortion-Mississippi story