Is attacking Trump the ticket? Democrats are trying it out

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- In New Jersey, a candidate running for governor compared the Trump camp to Nazis. In Virginia, a doctor running for governor fired up a gathering of Democrats by calling Trump a "narcissistic maniac," while his primary opponent called Trump's victory a "political and constitutional Sept. 11.

NC Republicans override gov's veto in latest partisan clash

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republican lawmakers have voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that reduces his authority over state elections, the latest partisan clash in North Carolina over laws that chip away at executive branch power. The House completed the override Tuesday, a day after the Senate cast a similar vote.

Senate completes its part in overriding elections board veto

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Senate Republicans have quickly completed their part in overriding Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a measure trying a second time to combine the state elections board and ethics commission. The Senate voted Monday night with no debate by a margin exceeding the three-fifths majority necessary to cancel a veto. The measure now goes to the House. The bill would become law with a similar House vote.

NC governor's judicial pick marks small win in war with GOP

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Democratic governor needed just 15 minutes Monday to replace a resigning Republican judge with an openly gay replacement on the state's second-highest court, the latest twist in his feud with the GOP-controlled General Assembly. Exploiting an opening before Republican lawmakers were expected to begin shrinking the Court of Appeals, Gov.

Report: 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina elections officials found that about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election -- but not enough to change the outcome of any race, according to an audit released Friday. The State Board of Elections report said the 508 cases -- the vast majority active felons -- represented a small fraction of the 4.8 million ballots cast.

N. Carolina governor vetoes GOP bills on elections, judges

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed two Republican bills -- one that tries again to shift authority for deciding who oversees state elections away from him and the other preventing Cooper from filling upcoming vacancies on an appeals court. The vetoes, received Friday by the General Assembly, were anticipated and mark the latest flashpoint between the GOP-controlled legislature and Cooper since the former attorney general narrowly defeated Republican Gov.

Coin flip decides new president of southern Illinois village

MARION, Ill. (AP) -- A coin flip has decided who will lead a tiny southern Illinois town after an election this month ended in a tie. Tammy O'Daniell-Howell is the new village president of Colp, home to about 250 residents, after the coin toss Thursday. Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes says opponent Bryan Riekena let O'Daniell-Howell choose heads or tails. She picked heads and that's where it landed.

Coin toss decides winner of small Illinois village election

MARION, Ill. (AP) -- The flip of a coin on Thursday decided the next leader of a tiny town in southern Illinois after an election earlier this month ended in a tie. Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes said Bryan Riekena let fellow candidate Tammy O'Daniell-Howell choose heads or tails before the coin toss. She picked heads.

The senior Sanders backs party youth to remake Democrats

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- Bernie Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party. It may not seem the most likely role for the slightly stooped, white-haired, 75-year-old Vermont senator. But Sanders rallied support Thursday for Omaha's Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello, who's half his age.

Chaffetz avoids re-election battle, eyes Utah governor race

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz's surprising decision not to run for re-election next year gives the GOP congressman a chance to avoid a potentially damaging re-election campaign and make a future run for governor while clearing the way for a number of ambitious Utah Republicans to try to replace him.

Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who doggedly investigated Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election but declined to investigate President Donald Trump, abruptly announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election. Chaffetz, who has been rumored as a possible candidate for Senate or governor, said that after consulting with his family and "prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018.

Trump declares Georgia Democrats are 'failing'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says Democrats in Georgia are "failing" after a congressional election that's now headed to a runoff. Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer, fell a few percentage points shy of an outright victory amid an 18-candidate scramble in Georgia's 6th District. Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, finished a distant second, qualifying for the June 20 runoff.

The Latest: Georgia congressional race heads to runoff

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) -- The Latest on Georgia's 6th Congressional District election. (all times local): 1 a.m. Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff will meet in a runoff for a greater Atlanta congressional seat with national implications. Ossoff harnessed opposition to President Donald Trump to lead an 18-candidate ballot in the typically conservative district. But he fell short of the majority needed to win outright. Handel finished second as the top Republican vote-getter.

Trump rallies Georgia Republicans ahead of special election

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is rallying voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District to "get out and vote" Republican ahead of Tuesday's special election. In a tweet early Tuesday, Trump urged voters not to vote for Democrat Jon Ossoff for the House seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Trump says, "Democrat Jon Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress.

High-profile Georgia congressional race heads to a runoff

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia congressional election is headed to a runoff that will ratchet up the already significant national attention -- and campaign cash -- on a race that poses an early measure for President Donald Trump and both major parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer, and Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, will meet in the June 20 runoff.

State Rep. Larry Bell says he won't seek re-election

CLINTON, N.C. (AP) -- A veteran North Carolina state House member says he won't seek re-election when his latest term expires, saying it's time for someone new to take his seat. Democratic Rep. Larry Bell of Sampson County is now in his ninth two-year term, running through 2018. The 77-year-old retired educator told The Sampson Independent (http://bit.