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UAW strike puts Trump, GOP in political bind in key states

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show solidarity.

Sep. 22, 2019 4:49 AM EDT
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
Abrams tells Democrats: Go after Georgia, irregular voters

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Stacey Abrams dove headlong Monday into Democrats' debate over how to win in 2020, urging her party to treat her diversifying state as a key battleground and replicate her effort to bring new minority and younger voters to the polls nationwide rather than chasing white voters lost long ago.

Sep. 9, 2019 3:17 PM 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
Ex-SC Gov. Mark Sanford to challenge Trump in primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump, saying Sunday that he aims to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he tries to navigate a path to the presidency.

Sep. 8, 2019 12:15 PM EDT
Manager: Trump family building 'dynasty' for decades to come

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign manager predicted Saturday that the president and his family will become "a dynasty that will last for decades," transforming the Republican Party while hewing to conservative values.

Sep. 7, 2019 8:45 PM EDT
Nevada, SC, Kansas GOP drop presidential nomination votes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.

Sep. 7, 2019 6:42 PM 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
Republicans eye running in 'crucial' Wisconsin district

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Potential Republican candidates began to jockey for position Thursday ahead of a likely stampede to run for an open Wisconsin congressional seat in a district that's a conservative hotbed and key to President Donald Trump's re-election hopes.

Sep. 5, 2019 2:10 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
Democratic candidates focus on climate change in town halls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democratic presidential contenders talked tough Wednesday on cutting climate-damaging emissions from oil, gas and coal, turning their focus to global warming in a marathon evening of town halls that gave the candidates a chance to distinguish themselves on a topic of growing importance to their party's liberal base.

Sep. 4, 2019 11:23 PM EDT
Kansas treasurer drops Senate bid to challenge Rep. Watkins

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican state treasurer on Wednesday abandoned a campaign for an open Senate seat to challenge a GOP freshman congressman that he describes as vulnerable to Democratic defeat.

Sep. 4, 2019 2:32 PM EDT
GOP shifts focus to House Dem 'squad' in campaign attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Move over, Nancy Pelosi. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the "squad" of freshmen women of color are emerging as new stars of Republican attacks against Democrats running for Congress.

Aug. 31, 2019 2:10 AM 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
Sanders calls on McConnell to end obstructionism

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday branded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as an obstructionist for blocking Democratic efforts to reduce gun violence, bolster election security and raise the federal minimum wage.

Aug. 25, 2019 7:31 PM EDT
Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh making longshot GOP challenge to Trump

Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman and tea party favorite turned radio talk show host, announced a challenge Sunday to President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020, saying the incumbent is unfit for office and must be denied a second term.

Aug. 25, 2019 6:47 PM EDT
Kentucky governor's remark stirs spat with ex-GOP challenger

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin this week insulted the challenger he defeated in the May Republican primary, an unorthodox move that runs the risk of alienating a swath of voters he needs to win a second term.

Aug. 23, 2019 3:09 PM EDT
Suburban voters are pressuring Republicans to act on guns

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Following the news has grown stressful for Angela Tetschner, a 39-year-old nurse raising four children in this sprawling Phoenix suburb of tile roofs, desert yards, young families and voters who are increasingly up for grabs.

Aug. 18, 2019 8:21 AM EDT
Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it.

Aug. 16, 2019 2:55 PM EDT
Trump is back in New Hampshire, state that buoyed him in '16

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump returned Thursday to the state that gave him his first presidential primary victory, looking to once again demonstrate his popularity with New Hampshire's Republican voters and likely take a few cracks at the many Democratic challengers striving to win the state's affection.

Aug. 15, 2019 7:32 PM EDT
Trump, Republican party sue over California tax return law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump campaign and Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to run in the state's primary, legislation that was aimed at prying loose President Donald Trump's returns.

Aug. 6, 2019 3:31 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
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse kicks off re-election campaign

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska kicked off his re-election campaign Monday surrounded by top Republicans who vouched for the first-term lawmaker, despite a primary challenge from an activist who is attacking Sasse's frequent criticism of President Donald Trump.

Aug. 5, 2019 8:33 PM 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
GOP-controlled Senate confirms 13 more judges named by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate departed for a five-week recess Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the chamber's accomplishments, including a hard-won budget deal that staves off a possible government shutdown.

Aug. 1, 2019 6:24 PM EDT
Debate takeaways: Should 2020 Democrats go big or get real?

DETROIT (AP) — Should Democrats be going big or getting real? That's the question that dominated the Democratic presidential primary debate as progressive favorites Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders fended off attacks from lesser-known moderates.

Jul. 31, 2019 9:38 AM EDT
California governor signs bill on presidential tax returns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic governor signed a law Tuesday requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the state's primary ballot, a move aimed squarely at Republican President Donald Trump.

Jul. 30, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

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