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Democrats in South's governor races hit hurdle: Impeachment

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — On Thursday, as President Donald Trump mused about a possible "spy" in the White House, Democrats alleged a "cover-up" and Washington fired up the gears of impeachment, the Democratic candidate for governor in Kentucky, Andy Beshear, was politely shaking hands at a senior center.

Sep. 28, 2019 2:13 PM EDT
Mississippi getting set for hard-fought governor's race

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi governor's race this year could be the toughest in nearly a generation, between two politicians who have already won statewide races and are known for digging in against opponents: two-term Republican Lt.

Aug. 28, 2019 5:42 PM EDT
O'Rourke visits Mississippi towns targeted in ICE raids

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke on Friday became the first presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal immigration agents recently raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people — beginning a revamped campaign he says will now focus more on highlighting President Donald Trump's destructive rhetoric and polices than hitting states that vote early in primary season.

Aug. 16, 2019 1:32 PM EDT
Mississippi primaries whittle list of governor candidates

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's four-term attorney general Jim Hood is seeking to defeat seven low-budget candidates in Tuesday's Democratic primary for governor and break the grip Republicans have held on the office for 24 of the past 28 years.

Aug. 6, 2019 12:46 PM EDT
Democrats try to make gains with governors in 2019 elections

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Though the national political focus has largely turned to the 2020 presidential campaign, three Southern states will see hard-fought governors' races this year, with Democrats trying to show they can compete in Donald Trump territory.

Feb. 22, 2019 10:31 AM EST
Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — 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.

Nov. 28, 2018 10:14 AM EST
GOP US Sen. Hyde-Smith wins divisive runoff, keeps her seat

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive Mississippi runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction.

Nov. 27, 2018 10:52 PM EST
Trump: Mississippi senator's 'hanging' remark was 'in jest'

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending a Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi who praised one of her own supporters by saying she would attend a "public hanging" if the supporter invited her — a remark that has stirred strong emotions in a state with a history of racially motivated lynchings.

Nov. 20, 2018 6:23 PM EST
Sen. Wicker wins GOP nomination in Mississippi primary

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi easily won a Republican primary Tuesday, months after being endorsed by President Donald Trump and the same day Trump tweeted that the legislator "has my total support!"Wicker served nearly 13 years in the U.

Jun. 5, 2018 9:27 PM EDT
Mississippi could see repeat of nasty GOP primary for Senate

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Republican Senate primary Mississippi is shaping up as a battle between an incumbent endorsed by President Donald Trump and a state lawmaker who is pushing hard against Washington insiders by using Trump's own mantra of "drain the swamp" — even as he criticizes the president.

Feb. 27, 2018 6:24 PM EST
Arrest of black man in black church fire stirs debates

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The arrest of a black man on a charge of burning a black Mississippi church that was spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" has sparked bickering online and consternation in the community surrounding the church.

Dec. 22, 2016 9:02 PM EST
Mississippi church member charged in 'Vote Trump' arson

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man with a prior criminal record was arrested Wednesday in the burning of an African-American church that was spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump," and the church's bishop said the man is a member of the congregation.

Dec. 21, 2016 9:08 PM EST
'76 a window into ugliness of a GOP contested convention

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Clarke Reed and Billy Mounger still sound like they want to spit when they talk about each other — 40 years after the contested Republican National Convention where the Mississippi delegation split between President Gerald Ford and smooth-talking Ronald Reagan.

Apr. 28, 2016 12:06 PM EDT