Republican Party

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
GOP, Democrats dodge disaster in California primaries

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republicans and Democrats alike appear to have escaped calamity in a crucial day of coast-to-coast primary battles as they fight to shape the political battlefield for the fall.

Jun. 6, 2018 1:04 PM EDT
GOP avoids shutout in race for California governor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Gavin Newsom won Tuesday's primary in the race for California governor and Republican John Cox finished in a strong second place, ensuring Republicans won't be shut out of the race to replace retiring Gov.

Jun. 6, 2018 1:49 AM EDT
US Rep. Roby forced into July runoff in Alabama GOP primary

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, one of a handful of Alabama Republicans who criticized Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, has been forced into a July runoff for the GOP nomination for her seat.

Jun. 5, 2018 10:41 PM EDT
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
GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate's August recess

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he was canceling most of the Senate's time-honored August recess, an election-year move that could help lawmakers confirm more of President Donald Trump's nominees while keeping vulnerable Democratic senators off the campaign trail.

Jun. 5, 2018 5:40 PM EDT
California, long a blue state, could get bluer in primary

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Is California, home to one in eight Americans, becoming the nation's best example of one-party rule?Tuesday's primary election will set the stage for November races for governor, Congress and the Legislature, but it will also test whether the state's vanishing Republicans have enough remaining influence to avoid another shutout at the statewide polls.

Jun. 4, 2018 7:26 PM EDT
California governor race heats up in days before primary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Its crunch time in the primary for California governor, with candidates exploring creative strategies and benefiting from massive spending as they try to tear down — or lift up — their rivals in the race's final days.

May. 31, 2018 3:30 PM EDT
Record number of women bid for Senate but challenges await

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — A record number of women are running for the U.S. Senate this year, and their stiff challenge is winning enough seats to dramatically diversify a chamber long dominated by men.

May. 30, 2018 7:03 PM EDT
Trump warns Tennessee supporters against being 'complacent'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned his supporters against being "complacent" this fall, asking voters to send more Republicans to Congress while crediting Democrats with "sticking together" to oppose his agenda.

May. 29, 2018 10:12 PM EDT
Correction: Tax Returns story

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story May 26 about House candidates releasing tax returns, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Washington's 5th Congressional District was listed a "toss-up" by The Cook Political Report.

May. 29, 2018 1:02 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