Republican Party

Justice Kennedy's exit triggers epic Supreme Court clash

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement is setting off a momentous confirmation battle for President Donald Trump's next Supreme Court nominee that is certain to consume the Senate, inflame partisan tensions and shape the outcome of the midterm elections.

Jun. 27, 2018 10:08 PM EDT
Colorado Dems, GOP eagerly launch governor's contest

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates wasted little time Wednesday in staking out their starkly contrasting visions — one liberal, one aligned with President Donald Trump — in a state whose unaffiliated voters will have a decisive role in choosing a successor to term-limited Democratic Gov.

Jun. 27, 2018 5:57 PM EDT
Trump celebrates victories for 3 endorsed candidates

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump's party came together, a 28-year-old liberal activist ousted top House Democrat Joe Crowley in the president's hometown Tuesday night, a stunning defeat that suddenly forced Democrats to confront their own internal divisions.

Jun. 27, 2018 11:30 AM EDT
Democratic heavyweight loses in New York as Trump picks win

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump's party came together, a 28-year-old liberal activist ousted top House Democrat Joe Crowley in the president's hometown Tuesday night, a stunning defeat that suddenly forced Democrats to confront their own internal divisions.

Jun. 27, 2018 2:02 AM EDT
Mitt Romney rolls to easy win in GOP primary for Utah Senate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Flashing his trademark smile and touting a patched-up relationship with the president, Mitt Romney rolled through the Republican primary in his adopted Utah on Tuesday and took another step in his political comeback that would have him assume the Senate seat of retiring Orrin Hatch.

Jun. 27, 2018 1:48 AM EDT
Democratic candidates in close race for governor nomination

DENVER (AP) — Two Democrats fought a close contest to help their party hold on to Colorado's governor's office as Republicans pushed to take over for the first time in more than a decade in the marquee race of this purple state's midterm primaries Tuesday.

Jun. 26, 2018 6:18 PM EDT
Things to Know: Trump looms over Tuesday's primaries

Voters in seven states will decide the value of an endorsement by President Donald Trump, the fate of a convicted felon seeking to return to Congress and whether to loosen rules on marijuana.

Jun. 26, 2018 2:40 PM EDT
Mitt Romney takes on lawmaker in bid for Utah Senate seat

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney will learn Tuesday if he'll continue the reboot of his political career as voters decide a primary in the race for a Utah Senate seat vacated by Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 40 years.

Jun. 26, 2018 2:04 AM EDT
Trump to test his powers in South Carolina runoff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's effort to bend the Republican Party to his will faces its next test Tuesday, when South Carolina voters choose between two GOP gubernatorial candidates who both claim to be Trump acolytes.

Jun. 24, 2018 4:08 PM EDT
Trump pushes tough immigration stance in Nevada appearance

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eager to keep the Republican Party in control of the Senate, President Donald Trump pressed his tough anti-illegal immigration stance before supporters Saturday, saying "we have to be very strong" as he sought to help boost the candidacy of a one-time critic.

Jun. 24, 2018 1:09 AM EDT
Romney makes final pitch to voters ahead of Senate primary

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — Mitt Romney is flashing his familiar smile at city parks and backyards in Utah's mountains and suburbs this week, making his final pitch after being forced into a Republican Senate primary Tuesday against a conservative state lawmaker.

Jun. 23, 2018 6:57 PM EDT
Chaos on the border inflames GOP's split with Latinos

When more than 1,000 Latino officials __ a crop of up-and-coming representatives from a fast-growing demographic __ gathered in Phoenix last week, no one from the Trump administration was there to greet them.

Jun. 23, 2018 12:42 PM EDT
Colorado's independents get vote in major party primaries

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is joining a growing list of states that allow unaffiliated voters — the state's largest voting bloc — to participate in the major party primaries, thanks to a voter-passed initiative that coincided with disenchantment with the polarization of the 2016 election.

Jun. 22, 2018 1:49 PM EDT
Another test of loyalty looms over Trump's Minnesota visit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign trip Wednesday to Minnesota could signal whether he'll wade into the GOP's primary for governor between a former two-term governor who once called him "unhinged" and an underdog who is an avowed supporter.

Jun. 20, 2018 1:29 PM EDT
Border separations ripple through midterm campaigns

Wrenching scenes of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern border are roiling campaigns ahead of midterm elections, emboldening Democrats on the often-fraught issue of immigration while forcing an increasing number of Republicans to break from President Donald Trump on an issue important to the GOP's most ardent supporters.

Jun. 19, 2018 7:58 AM EDT
Republicans risking conservative backlash over immigration

NEW YORK (AP) — The push toward immigration votes in the House is intensifying the divide among Republicans on one of the party's most animating issues and fueling concerns that a voter backlash could cost the GOP control of the House in November.

Jun. 17, 2018 6:16 AM EDT
Battle for 2 key open US House seats set in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Democrats in Nevada have two open congressional seats to defend in November, and Tuesday's primary voting set the stage for what could be some of the most expensive, hard-fought House races in the country.

Jun. 13, 2018 3:25 AM EDT
Test of Trump loyalty topples South Carolina's Sanford

Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost his South Carolina congressional seat Tuesday hours after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent's public extramarital affair seven years ago.

Jun. 13, 2018 1:33 AM EDT
Heller, Rosen win primary races for Nevada Senate seat

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Republicans made primary night easy, sending U.S. Sen. Dean Heller into a tough battle to save his seat and putting Attorney General Adam Laxalt on the November ballot for governor.

Jun. 12, 2018 11:31 PM EDT
South Carolina Gov. McMaster faces GOP primary runoff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, an early supporter of President Donald Trump, was forced into a runoff for the Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday.

Jun. 12, 2018 11:05 PM EDT
Nevada voters will see familiar names, new primary battles

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dean Heller, the most vulnerable Republican senator seeking re-election this year, has an easy primary battle on Tuesday thanks to President Donald Trump, leaving a contentious Democratic battle for governor as Nevada's most closely-watched primary race.

Jun. 11, 2018 2:20 PM EDT
GOP's Cox faces tough slog in race for California governor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican John Cox thinks high taxes, a high cost of living and a growing housing crisis give him an opening to take on Democrat Gavin Newsom in the fight to be California's next governor.

Jun. 6, 2018 7:52 PM EDT