Republican Party

Trump effect the top question in Virginia's key elections

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump has been very good for Virginia Democrats.Voters unhappy with the Republican president, particularly in suburban areas, powered historic Democratic gains in the state House two years ago.

Jul. 19, 2019 1:33 AM EDT
Florida Democrats complain of Trump 'ballot bias' in 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Still reeling from a string of high-profile razor-thin election losses in Florida, national Democrats are asking a federal judge to discard a longstanding state law that reserves the top slot of next year's presidential ballot for the party of the state's governor.

Jul. 16, 2019 7:33 PM EDT
Pennsylvania GOP settles fight over contested race for chair

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party is trying to amicably settle a contested race for chairman between a candidate who had backing from top Trump campaign officials and a rival who previously had support from many Trump-aligned party activists.

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 PM EDT
Murphy wins North Carolina GOP congressional primary runoff

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state legislator aided by hardline conservatives on Capitol Hill won the Republican nomination Tuesday for the North Carolina congressional district seat left vacant by the death of Rep.

Jul. 9, 2019 10:38 PM EDT
A matter of faith: Democrats embrace religion in campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 10 Democratic presidential candidates were pressed on immigration policy during their recent debate, Pete Buttigieg took his answer in an unexpected direction: He turned the question into a matter of faith.

Jul. 7, 2019 6:08 AM EDT
Senate GOP leader relishes role as 'Grim Reaper'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls himself the Grim Reaper — the one who holds the scythe leading to the chamber where the desires of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House majority go to die.

Jun. 28, 2019 6:42 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
AP FACT CHECK: Trump fudges facts on economy, 2020 voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eye toward his 2020 campaign, President Donald Trump is turning to a familiar playbook of exaggerated boasts about economic performance and overdrawn complaints about a race tilted against him.

Jun. 17, 2019 12:57 AM 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
Lots of surprises but no clear message from Virginia primary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's off-year elections later this year — when 140 legislative seats and partisan control of the Legislature is up for grabs — may signal what the rest of the country's mood will be in 2020.

Jun. 12, 2019 2:57 AM EDT
Ex-Virginia attorney general named to US immigration post

WASHINGTON (AP) — An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies has been named acting director of the agency that manages legal immigration, despite deep opposition from key Senate Republicans.

Jun. 10, 2019 9:13 PM EDT
Amash at town hall: 'My job is to protect the Constitution'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The only Republican in Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct faced voters in his Michigan district Tuesday, receiving standing ovations from many who saluted his "courage" while sparring with some former supporters who faulted him for embracing a Democratic "smear attack" against Trump.

May. 28, 2019 10:40 PM 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
Rivals for Kentucky governor both have work to do

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The winning candidates for Kentucky governor drew just a fraction of the state's voters in party primaries this week, a signal that both have lots of work to do in what will likely be a brutal general election campaign.

May. 23, 2019 12:38 PM EDT
GOP's Weld says he's most pro-choice candidate in 2020 race

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump's only major Republican primary challenger said Saturday that the recent spate of abortion laws being passed in states like Alabama has him feeling "terrible," and declared that abortion is a decision the government should not come anywhere near.

May. 18, 2019 8:59 PM EDT
NC 'bathroom bill' sponsor wins GOP redo of tainted election

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's most infamous political story lines of recent years are merging into a congressional race this summer that pits the architect of the state's "bathroom bill" against a Democrat who was granted an electoral do-over after evidence of ballot fraud tainted his prior opponent's campaign.

May. 15, 2019 9:51 AM EDT
'Bathroom bill' sponsor Bishop wins N. Carolina GOP primary

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state senator best known as the sponsor of a headline-grabbing "bathroom bill" that voided anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people won Tuesday's Republican primary in a special election for a congressional seat vacant since last year's race was deemed tainted by fraud.

May. 14, 2019 9:45 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
Suddenly starless Wisconsin GOP plots rebuild for 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans determined to deliver Wisconsin for President Donald Trump next year will be doing it with a party working to rebuild after the departure of its two biggest stars and a rough midterm election that sent it reeling.

May. 12, 2019 9:35 AM EDT
Risky politics? Trump wields his tariffs as a weapon at home

NEW YORK (AP) — His trade war already raging worldwide, President Donald Trump on Friday brandished his aggressive actions as a political weapon at home, too, casting himself as a fighter for American workers and scorning his chief Democratic rivals as weak.

May. 10, 2019 5:43 PM EDT