State elections

Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams smiles as she speaks during an election-night watch party Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
May 23, 2018 - 10:19 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrats gave Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history on a primary night that ended well for several women seeking office. Abrams set new historical marks with a primary victory Tuesday that made her the first black...
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In this photo taken Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Mt. Vernon, Ky., Travis Brenda, a teacher at Rockcastle County High School, speaks during an interview. Brenda, a Republican running for the state House of Representatives, is challenging Jonathan Shell, a key member of the Republican leadership team that has orchestrated the teacher pension bill, the tax increases and the charter school bill. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
May 23, 2018 - 10:06 am
LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky teacher has taken a leading politician to school, defeating him in the GOP primary. Following weeks of protests at the state Capitol, Republican voters in central Kentucky ousted House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell on Tuesday in favor of Travis Brenda, a high...
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May 23, 2018 - 4:52 am
ATLANTA (AP) — In a story May 22 about midterm primary elections, The Associated Press reported erroneously that three vulnerable Republican congressmen from Texas are all white males. One of them, Rep. Will Hurd, is black. A corrected version of the story is below: History in Georgia as 4 states...
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In this May 20, 2018, photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams participates in a debate against Stacey Evans in Atlanta. In Georgia, black women will likely factor into one of the country's marquee political contests. The Democratic race for governor features two women, and candidate Abrams is running to become the first black woman ever elected governor in America. (AP Photo/John Amis)
May 22, 2018 - 11:58 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — In Georgia's gubernatorial primary, Democrats elected a woman who could become the first black female governor in American history, but no Republican candidate gathered more than 50 percent of the vote — so the top two face a July runoff. Stacey Abrams secured the Democratic...
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Gubernatorial candidate and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, in red, greets Kayren Moore and her neighbors Wade Hyde, center in purple, and Tim Thobe outside a polling place at Walnut Hill Recreation Center in Dallas on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The only statewide runoff features little-known Democratic gubernatorial candidates: Ex-Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez against Houston businessman Andrew White. Neither is expected to seriously challenge well-funded Abbott. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
May 22, 2018 - 11:36 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on primaries on Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas (all times local): 11:35 p.m. A Democratic candidate who was attacked as too liberal by the national party campaign committee has lost a runoff in the race for a Houston-area House seat that Democrats hope to win from...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, David Ermold, right, files to run for Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky as Clerk Kim Davis look on in Morehead, Ky. Ermold, a gay man in Kentucky, wants to run against the county clerk who denied him a marriage license in 2015. But before Ermold can face Davis at the ballot box, he must first survive a four-person Democratic primary on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)
May 22, 2018 - 9:47 pm
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A gay man in eastern Kentucky has lost his bid to challenge Republican county clerk Kim Davis, who went to jail three years ago for denying him and others marriage licenses in the aftermath of an historic U.S. Supreme Court decision. David Ermold sought the Democratic...
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In this photo taken Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Mt. Vernon, Ky., Travis Brenda, a teacher at Rockcastle County High School, speaks during an interview. Brenda, a Republican running for the state House of Representatives, is challenging Jonathan Shell, a key member of the Republican leadership team that has orchestrated the teacher pension bill, the tax increases and the charter school bill. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
May 22, 2018 - 9:44 pm
LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — A high school math teacher ousted the majority leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives on Tuesday, with a narrow win in the GOP primary race. Travis Brenda credited a groundswell of teacher support for the win and said it sends a message that teachers and public...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2018, file photo, a line of mostly students wait to vote at a Texas primary election polling site on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. Texas holds its primary runoff election Tuesday, May 22, 2018, just four days after a trench coat-clad student killed at least 10 people and wounded others at his Santa Fe High School near Houston. But it's unlikely to be a major factor in Tuesday's balloting, which will decide 34 races, including for governor and Congress, where no candidate won at least 50 percent of the votes cast during Texas' March 6 primary. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
May 21, 2018 - 5:38 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas holds its primary runoff election just four days after a 17-year-old student killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at his Santa Fe High School near Houston. That sent shockwaves through Texas and the nation. But it's unlikely to be a major factor in Tuesday's balloting,...
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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., speaks to supporters at the opening of her campaign field office Friday, May 18, 2018, in Ferguson, Mo. Less than six months before Election Day, McCaskill’s standing with Missouri’s African-American community is in question. And she’s being forced to prove that she’s not taking anyone for granted. McCaskill, a Democrat facing re-election in a state that has trended sharply Republican in recent years, knows she cannot afford to lose any support this fall _ especially not from a group of voters that was supposed to be among her most loyal. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)
May 21, 2018 - 3:44 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's standing with Missouri's African-American community is in question less than six months before Election Day. McCaskill knows she cannot afford to lose any support this fall as she seeks re-election — especially not from a group of voters...
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In this May 20, 2018, photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams participates in a debate against Stacey Evans in Atlanta. In Georgia, black women will likely factor into one of the country's marquee political contests. The Democratic race for governor features two women, and candidate Abrams is running to become the first black woman ever elected governor in America. (AP Photo/John Amis)
May 21, 2018 - 12:09 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's upcoming primary election presents black women voters with a rare opportunity: To give a Democrat who looks like them a chance at occupying the governor's mansion in a Republican-controlled state. A win Tuesday for either Stacey Abrams or Stacey Evans — both lawyers and...
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