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Election 2020

News Guide: Voters weigh governor, House, ballot questions

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new governor and a hard-fought Congressional race are at the top of the ticket on Tuesday's Election Day in Utah, where voters will also weigh other House races and several state ballot initiatives. Voters in Utah and across the ...

Ohio pivotal in presidential race; US House seats at stake

By DAN SEWELL and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's role as a bellwether for the nation remains in play this year after Democrat Joe Biden mounted a strong challenge to Republican President Donald Trump for the state's 18 electoral votes. The former vice ...

New York seeks a smooth election after millions vote early

Associated Press undefined New Yorkers cast their final ballots Tuesday amid a pandemic that had officials worried about protecting the health of voters and safety on top of more typical concerns about long wait times or adequate staffing. Long lines formed at scattered polling places in the ...

Republicans aim to maintain Arkansas dominance in election

By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republicans hoped to maintain their dominance in Arkansas on Tuesday, with Sen. Tom Cotton running a reelection campaign that has all the hallmarks of a 2024 White House bid. Few surprises were expected for Cotton or President ...

Mainers using ranked voting for president for first time

By PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A historic election is taking place in Maine, where voters are using a ranked choice voting system to determine the state's electoral votes for the first time in U.S. history. Voters were allowed to rank Republican President Donald ...

Long lines form as Pennsylvania voters make their choice

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Pennsylvania voters are poised to play a crucial and perhaps decisive role in choosing the next president as Donald Trump and Joe Biden headline a statewide election in which millions of ballots have already been cast. Polls opened Tuesday against the ...

NH governor’s race spotlights leadership, loyalty to Trump

By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu faces Democrat Dan Feltes on Tuesday after a campaign in which the candidates questioned each other's loyalty and leadership skills. Sununu, who is seeking a third, two-year term, ran on his experience as a ...

Trump, Biden cede stage to voters for Election Day verdict

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After a campaign marked by rancor and fear, Americans on Tuesday decide between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, selecting a leader to steer a nation battered by a surging pandemic that has ...

Huge voter turnout expected despite virus, political rancor

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press The scourge of a global pandemic produced an election season like no other in the U.S., persuading record numbers of Americans to cast their ballots early, forcing states to make changes to long-established election procedures and ...

Nation by nation, the world watches Election Day in the US

By The Associated Press undefined For four years, the world's nations have watched as a very different American president engages with the international community — or doesn't. Longtime alliances have been strained, agreements wiped away, tariffs erected, funding withdrawn. Some nations ...

EXPLAINER: Long lines to vote on Election Day aren’t unusual

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Long voting lines on Election Day aren't unusual or necessarily a sign of that something nefarious is afoot. They're often the product of something as simple as heavier-than-expected turnout for an important election like Tuesday's ...

W.Va. Governor Jim Justice seeks reelection against Salango

Associated Press undefined CHARLESTON, W.Va (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is seeking reelection as his Republican party hopes for victories all the way down the ballot. Democrat Ben Salango is challenging the incumbent governor, arguing he spent much of his term disengaged from the ...

AP News Guide: What’s at stake for Pennsylvania in election

By The Associated Press undefined HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The presidential campaign has gotten most of the attention, but other high-profile races to be decided by Pennsylvania voters Tuesday include all the state's 18 congressional seats, most of the Legislature and three statewide row ...

Over $200M later, Graham & Harrison finally face off in SC

By MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After a monthslong deluge of advertising, attacks and animosity, Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison are finally facing off in South Carolina's most expensive Senate contest. Seeking his fourth ...

Tradition: 2 New Hampshire towns cast votes after midnight

By The Associated Press undefined DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Two tiny New Hampshire communities that vote for president just after the stroke of midnight on Election Day have cast their ballots, with one of them marking 60 years since the tradition began. The results in Dixville Notch, ...

Mississippi deciding US Senate race that’s rematch of 2018

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democrat Mike Espy is trying unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi by labeling her "Confederate Cindy" and saying she's out of touch with voters in a diverse state that has tried to move beyond its racist ...

Republicans try to reclaim Alabama Senate seat from Jones

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republicans in Alabama are attempting to reclaim a U.S. Senate seat that was taken away from them three years ago in once reliably red Alabama. Democratic Sen. Doug Jones is being challenged by Republican former college football ...

EXPLAINER: A long night, or more, before president is known

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a good chance Americans won't know the winner of Tuesday's presidential election when they go to bed that night. The main reason? Many states have made it easier to request a mail ballot amid the coronavirus pandemic and concerns ...

Staying power of Virginia’s ‘blue wave’ at stake on Nov. 3

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia voters will determine the staying power of a "blue wave" that flipped two competitive congressional districts two years ago, while also casting ballots for a U.S. Senate seat and the presidency. As in other states, voters were deciding between Republican ...

North Carolina voters decide most expensive Senate race

By GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters are choosing between a Republican U.S. senator and Donald Trump ally who has been criticized for voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and a Democratic challenger who admitted in the campaign's final weeks ...