State elections

FILE - In this May 27, 2010, file photo, actress Meryl Streep, left, reacts as comedian Jimmy Tingle, graduating with a masters degree from the Kennedy School of Government, delivers the commencement address during thenHarvard University commencement exercises in Cambridge, Mass. Tingle said he plans to run for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in the 2018 election. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
October 22, 2017 - 10:51 am
BOSTON (AP) — Though Jimmy Tingle has long made biting political humor a staple of his stand-up routines, he insists his dive into Massachusetts politics is anything but comic relief. The Cambridge-born comedian and social activist, who returned to school and earned a master's degree from the...
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In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidates from left, Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy, Alexander Paterakis and J.B. Pritzker answer questions about their candidacy at an event in Mount Prospect, Ill. The 2018 Illinois governor's race is on pace to be the most expensive in U.S. history, propelled by a wealthy Republican incumbent and a billionaire Democrat. Pritzker, one of the world's richest people, is among several Democrats trying to defeat multimillionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner. (Jeff Knox/Daily Herald, via AP)
October 22, 2017 - 10:24 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The 2018 Illinois governor's race is on pace to be the most expensive in U.S. history, propelled by a wealthy Republican incumbent and a billionaire Democrat who are airing TV ads and hopping private planes to campaign events more than a year before Election Day. J.B. Pritzker, an...
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October 20, 2017 - 7:54 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The names of Alabama voters who crossed party lines to vote in last month's Republican Senate runoff will be given to prosecutors, the state's election chief said Friday. Secretary of State John Merrill said his office has identified 674 people who voted in the Democratic...
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Former President Barack Obama, left, laughs with Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam during a rally in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
October 20, 2017 - 4:56 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama called on fellow Democrats to reject politics of "division" and "fear" while rallying on Thursday with party's candidates for governors in Virginia and New Jersey. "Why are we deliberately trying to misunderstand each other, and be cruel to each...
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October 19, 2017 - 7:14 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for election advocacy groups and Democrats urged federal judges Thursday to throw out North Carolina's congressional districts for excessive partisanship, but lawyers for the Republicans who drew them say it's best the judiciary avoid trying to evaluate an...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Oct. 19, 2017, what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
October 19, 2017 - 6:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections. The bill by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia...
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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds up a map with the Venezuelan regions highlighted in red where pro-government candidates were victorious, during a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Maduro defended the results of Sunday's gubernatorial elections and said that those who report fraud are lying. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
October 19, 2017 - 5:27 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition is presenting what it says is the first hard evidence of possible ballot tampering in Sunday's contested gubernatorial elections. The government-stacked National Electoral Council declared loyalist Justo Noguera the winner of Sunday's race in Bolivar...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks during the Goalkeepers Conference hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York. Obama is stepping back into the political spotlight for the first time since leaving the White House, publicly stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey in preparation for this fall's elections. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
October 18, 2017 - 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is stepping back into the political spotlight for the first time since leaving the White House, publicly stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey in preparation for this fall's elections. Unlike more low-key...
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October 18, 2017 - 3:34 pm
Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 18 The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg on the risk of earthquakes: South Carolina has had enough of natural disasters. An ice storm in 2014. Flooding in 2015. Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Hurricane Irma's coastal surge and flooding in 2017...
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Opposition members react as the President of Venezuelan National Electoral Council Tibisay Lucena announces that the candidates for the ruling socialist party have won a majority of the 23 governors' offices up for grabs in regional elections at opposition headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela Oct 15, 2017. Pro-government electoral council president Tibisay Lucena says opposition candidates won just five of 22 races where the results are considered irreversible. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
October 16, 2017 - 8:06 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Voting sites were shifted to distant neighborhoods with rampant crime. Ballots featured the faces of opposition candidates who lost in primaries. The government-stacked National Electoral Council denied monitoring accreditation to one of Venezuela's most important...
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