Sun Belt or Rust Belt? Democrats search for path to power

DENVER (AP) — As Democrats try to win control of the White House and the Senate in 2020, they face a geographical puzzle — the path to the presidency may conflict with the one to a Senate majority.

Sep. 5, 2019 2:44 PM EDT
Takeaways from night 2 of the Democratic debate

MIAMI (AP) — The roster for Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate demonstrated some of the party's major divisions — even before candidates started talking.

Jun. 28, 2019 1:16 AM EDT
Democratic presidential hopefuls to woo California activists

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls flocked to California on Saturday for the chance to make their cases to thousands of activists in the nation's largest liberal stronghold during a three-day gathering of the state party.

Jun. 1, 2019 4:01 PM EDT
Biden hugs union leader, quips 'I had permission'

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first public appearance since several women said he had behaved physically inappropriately, former Vice President Joe Biden quipped about his tendency to be affectionate.

Apr. 5, 2019 12:10 PM EDT
Left or center? Democrats mull best options to beat Trump

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — As she waited to meet former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at a recent house party in Dubuque, attorney Connie O'Connor was anxious about the liberal direction of the Democratic presidential primary.

Mar. 16, 2019 3:54 PM EDT
Colorado's Hickenlooper staffs up for possible 2020 bid

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser, according to a person close to the Democrat.

Dec. 5, 2018 6:51 PM EST
Democrats and Republicans rush to avert third-party spoilers

PHOENIX (AP) — Two congresswomen running for U.S Senate in Arizona are crisscrossing the state, raising millions of dollars and trying to exploit every possible advantage to eke out a win in what both sides expect to be a photo-finish race.

Nov. 2, 2018 9:38 AM EDT
Democratic candidates focus on health care as midterms near

PHOENIX (AP) — In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: "I want to ask you a question about health care.

Oct. 15, 2018 12:26 AM EDT
New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms

PHOENIX (AP) — In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: "I want to ask you a question about health care.

Oct. 14, 2018 1:56 PM EDT
2 female Arizona Senate candidates on a Kavanaugh tightrope

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In a small office full of Democratic women steamed over Brett Kavanaugh, Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema carefully avoided telling reporters whether she thought sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee were true.

Oct. 5, 2018 12:34 PM EDT
Arizona Senate race likely to be a tale of 2 pivots

PHOENIX (AP) — Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was once a member of the liberal Green Party and a self-described "Prada socialist," but now she's one of the congressional Democrats most likely to vote with President Donald Trump and a champion of moderate compromise.

Aug. 29, 2018 10:35 AM EDT
McSally, Sinema to face for Arizona Senate seat

PHOENIX (AP) — Rep. Martha McSally won the Republican nomination for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, setting up a November contest with Democratic Rep.

Aug. 29, 2018 1:29 AM EDT
Liberal Gillum, Trump-backed DeSantis win Florida primaries

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — A liberal Florida Democrat pulled off an upset victory Tuesday in the state's primary for governor while President Donald Trump's favored candidate cruised to victory for the GOP, setting up a fierce fall showdown in the nation's largest political battleground.

Aug. 29, 2018 1:02 AM EDT
In key governor's races, Democrats split on education

DENVER (AP) — A subterranean divide among Democrats between backers of teachers unions and those of charter schools and other education innovations is helping shape key gubernatorial primaries, even as red-meat issues like guns, inequality and President Donald Trump have dominated the races.

Jun. 3, 2018 12:23 PM EDT
Resisting Trump in a bright red state

EDMOND, Oklahoma (AP) — Vicki Toombs was watching the returns on election night 2016 when her phone buzzed — a text from her 22-year-old son Beau in Chicago.

May. 26, 2018 3:38 PM EDT
Senate primary splits Arizona conservatives between 2 icons

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) — Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was asking dozens of tea party activists for their backing in Arizona's Republican Senate primary when one audience member said it was a shame disgruntled conservatives couldn't send "both of you" to Washington.

May. 24, 2018 2:51 AM EDT
Correction: Sunshine Week-Election Deception story

In a story March 11 about the growing use of digital ads and social messaging in political campaigns, The Associated Press misidentified two tools that are designed to increase transparency.

Mar. 13, 2018 12:41 PM EDT
GOP Montana win may be blip in Democrats' anti-Trump hopes

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Republican businessman won the state's U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats' hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year.

May. 26, 2017 11:28 AM EDT
Montana Republican goes from wary Trump backer to all-in

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — When Donald Trump visited Montana last year ahead of the state's Republican presidential primary, technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte was running on the GOP ticket for governor and made it a point to avoid his party's likely presidential nominee.

May. 20, 2017 10:29 PM EDT
Judge orders Colorado electors to vote for Hillary Clinton

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's nine electors must vote for Hillary Clinton because she won the state's popular vote, a judge ruled Tuesday, effectively stopping the state's electors from joining a longshot effort to unite with Republicans behind a compromise presidential candidate other than Donald Trump.

Dec. 13, 2016 9:21 PM EST