GOP holds N Carolina House seat but shows frailty in suburbs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Conservative Republican Dan Bishop won a special election for an open House seat in North Carolina, averting a demoralizing Democratic capture of a district the GOP has held for nearly six decades.

Sep. 11, 2019 10:28 AM EDT
Trump tells rally crowd: Vote for Bishop in special election

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — Trying to prove his political clout by pushing a Republican to victory in a special election , President Donald Trump used a North Carolina rally to paint a bleak picture of a nation he claimed would be overrun with crime, poverty and immigrants if Democrats seize power in Washington.

Sep. 10, 2019 7:37 AM EDT
Competing with football, marathon House election nears end

MONROE, N.C. (AP) — National Democratic and Republican leaders are breathlessly watching Tuesday's special election for an empty House seat from North Carolina for early clues about next year's presidential and congressional races.

Sep. 9, 2019 1:44 AM EDT
N. Carolina election tests Trump clout, suburbs' GOP flight

MINT HILL, N.C. (AP) — A tossup special election in North Carolina is shaping up as a pre-2020 test of President Donald Trump's pull on voters and whether the suburbs are continuing the flight from Republicans that fueled the party's 2018 House election losses.

Sep. 6, 2019 7:18 PM EDT
2 more House Republicans retiring ahead of 2020 elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The day started with one Republican congressman from Texas announcing he would retire and ended with another, a long-serving former committee chairman from Wisconsin, saying he too was ready to bow out, signaling the House GOP mood as the party tries to find its path back to the majority in 2020.

Sep. 5, 2019 7:04 AM EDT
Latest GOP retirement highlights party's growing peril in TX

WASHINGTON (AP) — Monday's announcement that yet another Republican congressman is retiring highlights the GOP's growing struggle to win the House majority next year and the shifting political leanings of Texas, the nation's second-largest state.

Aug. 5, 2019 4:42 PM EDT
Roy Moore in uphill battle to woo skeptical Alabama voters

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a state that has long been reliably Republican, Roy Moore faces an uphill battle in winning over skeptical voters to take back the Alabama Senate seat he lost two years ago amid allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls.

Jun. 21, 2019 4:18 PM EDT
4-term Indiana GOP Rep. Susan Brooks won't seek reelection

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks announced Friday that she won't seek reelection next year because she wants to spend more time with her family after four terms in Congress — a pending retirement that follows Democrats' plans to target her suburban Indianapolis district in 2020.

Jun. 14, 2019 2:19 PM EDT
Progressives out to oust '20 House Dems try to focus fervor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists hoping to defeat House Democrats in next year's primary elections with more progressive and diverse challengers are assessing how to cope with unintended consequences of their 2018 success, even as they hunt for their next Rep.

Jun. 10, 2019 9:12 AM EDT
State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say.

May. 25, 2019 3:52 PM EDT
House GOP seeks women, fresh faces for 2020 challengers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans are searching district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and political newcomers in many cases — to help them recapture the House, six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control with the most diverse majority in history.

May. 13, 2019 12:53 PM EDT
In Dems' 'Medicare for All' battle cry, GOP sees '20 weapon

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Medicare for All" has become catnip for Democratic presidential candidates and many lawmakers, yet Republicans prepping for next year's congressional races are also flocking to it — for entirely different reasons.

Mar. 11, 2019 4:51 PM EDT
GOP support for Pelosi as speaker? Don't hold your breath

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering if Republicans will push Nancy Pelosi over the top in her drive to become House speaker next year? Despite supportive words from President Donald Trump, it's implausible.

Dec. 7, 2018 12:59 AM EST
Power shift: What House Dems plan to do with their majority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats set to run the House for the first time in eight years have a brimming list of priorities to tackle, topped by election laws and ethics rules, prescription drug prices and infrastructure.

Nov. 7, 2018 12:06 PM EST
GOP keeps Senate control for 2 more years, triumph for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans retained Senate control Tuesday after ousting Democratic incumbents in Indiana, North Dakota and Missouri, delivering a victory to President Donald Trump by preserving the chamber as a showplace for his conservative priorities for two more years.

Nov. 7, 2018 6:09 AM EST
GOP ramps up election-season warning of 'toxic' Dem tactics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bashed Democrats and their liberal allies Thursday for statements and actions that he dubbed "toxic fringe behavior," sharpening Republicans' campaign-season rhetoric as the party tries rousing conservative voters to turn out on Election Day.

Oct. 11, 2018 12:24 PM EDT
Senate vote on health care likely fodder for both parties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after ending a turbulent Supreme Court confirmation fight, the Senate turned back to health care — with a battle squarely aimed at coloring next month's crucial elections for control of Congress.

Oct. 11, 2018 1:33 AM EDT
Senate Dems lose health care vote, hope it's campaign fodder

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after ending a turbulent Supreme Court confirmation fight, the Senate turned back to health care — with a battle squarely aimed at coloring next month's crucial elections for control of Congress.

Oct. 10, 2018 5:37 PM EDT
Trump leads aggressive, all-out GOP drive to save Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans mounted a combative, coordinated drive Monday to salvage Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination as they fought to keep a second woman's allegation of long-ago sexual misconduct from derailing his confirmation.

Sep. 24, 2018 10:57 PM EDT
Trump says we'll make decision if Kavanaugh accuser credible

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the White House and Republican supporters of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination would have to "make a decision" on going forward if the woman accusing him of a long-ago sexual assault delivers a compelling account to senators considering confirmation.

Sep. 19, 2018 11:20 AM EDT
Dems pounce on GOP lawmaker's downfall, blast 'cesspool'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are jumping on a Republican congressman's insider trading indictment to decry a culture of corruption they say President Donald Trump has fostered, a theme they hope will help them seize congressional control in November's elections.

Aug. 9, 2018 3:13 PM EDT
Could hard-right Supreme Court haunt GOP? History says maybe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Be careful what you wish for.That's the history lesson for Republicans eagerly anticipating Brett Kavanaugh's ascension to the Supreme Court, which could cement conservative control of the court for a generation.

Aug. 7, 2018 8:09 AM EDT
GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate's August recess

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he was canceling most of the Senate's time-honored August recess, an election-year move that could help lawmakers confirm more of President Donald Trump's nominees while keeping vulnerable Democratic senators off the campaign trail.

Jun. 5, 2018 5:40 PM EDT
Democrats using 2017 'Obamacare' vote as political weapon

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year ago Friday, Democrats sarcastically serenaded Republicans with chants of "Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, goodbye" as the GOP shoved legislation through the House scuttling the Obamacare health care law.

May. 4, 2018 12:53 PM EDT
Possible House leader Kevin McCarthy seen by Trump as ally

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump and top Republicans dined on filet mignon at the White House this week, just hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his stunning retirement, Trump and Ryan's top lieutenant found themselves with a moment alone.

Apr. 14, 2018 2:44 AM EDT
Trump sees ally in possible House leader 'My Kevin' McCarthy

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump and top Republicans dined on filet mignon at the White House this week, just hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his stunning retirement, Trump and Ryan's top lieutenant found themselves with a moment alone.

Apr. 13, 2018 6:55 PM EDT
Congress takes on immigration issue amid election pressures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the "Dreamer" immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they'll introduce President Donald Trump's plan.

Feb. 12, 2018 5:26 AM EST
Facing pressure, House OKs anti-harassment training

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a bipartisan measure Wednesday requiring lawmakers and aides to take annual anti-harassment training as lawmakers faced heavy pressure to address burgeoning sexual misconduct allegations against members of Congress.

Nov. 29, 2017 4:07 PM EST
Some House Republicans wary of Bannon's plans for 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon is telling people he's not coming after mainstream Republicans in the House the way he's targeting senators with anti-establishment disrupters in primaries.

Nov. 27, 2017 3:35 AM EST