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Democratic hopefuls now test strength among minority voters

By BILL BARROW and TOM FOREMAN Jr. | February 16, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For I.S. Leevy Johnson, the Democrats’ search for a challenger to take on President Donald Trump is personal.“There is what I call an ‘ABT mood’ in the black community: Anybody but Trump,” said the 77-year-old who was...

Biden in Vegas takes on Sanders’ gun votes in fiery speech

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and STEVE PEOPLES | February 16, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joe Biden, standing on a Las Vegas stage roughly 1,000 feet from the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, took on White House rival Bernie Sanders for his past vote to exempt gun manufacturers from liability...

The Latest: Sanders claims Bloomberg will not excite voters

February 16, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):10:40 p.m.Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders laced into billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Democratic Party dinner in Las Vegas while Bloomberg was campaigning...

Virginia a key state in Bloomberg’s Super Tuesday strategy

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE | February 15, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If there is a state where Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg could expect a return on investment, it is Virginia.By investing millions on state legislative races, Bloomberg helped Democrats take back the statehouse...

Trump looks to rev up his base at Daytona 500

By KEVIN FREKING | February 15, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is out to rev up his appeal with a key voting demographic — NASCAR fans — as he takes in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.NASCAR drivers may veer to the left during their trip around the oval racetrack, but their...

Klobuchar shifts on immigration before Nevada caucuses

By SARA BURNETT and MICHELLE L. PRICE | February 14, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar says she no longer believes English should be the national language of the U.S., disavowing a vote she took more than a decade ago as she tries to build support in a state where Hispanics...

De Blasio endorses former 2020 rival Sanders for president

By JONATHAN LEMIRE | February 14, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is endorsing Bernie Sanders for president, a move that puts de Blasio in a position to become a leading voice in opposition to Sanders' newest rival, Mike Bloomberg, his predecessor in leading the nation's...

Facebook’s influencers nod shows murky side of campaign ads

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and AMANDA SEITZ | February 14, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook's green light for political campaigns to pay prominent social media users to spread their messages is highlighting the difficulties around setting rules for the fast-changing world of online political campaigning.The company's...

2020 Democrats step up attacks to blunt Bloomberg’s rise

By WILL WEISSERT and ALAN FRAM | February 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates hoping to revive their flagging campaigns increasingly took aim at Mike Bloomberg, blasting their billionaire rival for trying to buy his way into the White House and raising questions about his commitment...

Limbaugh draws bipartisan criticism for Buttigieg remarks

By ALAN FRAM | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan criticism Thursday for saying the country won't elect Pete Buttigieg president because he's been “kissing his husband" on stage after debates.Limbaugh's comments came eight...

Smollett case could complicate reelection of top prosecutor

By MICHAEL TARM | February 13, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — The decision to restore charges against Jussie Smollett could bedevil the reelection bid of the first black woman to hold Chicago's top law enforcement job and potentially alter the trajectory of a prosecutor once seen as a rising star...

AP VoteCast: Democrats still seeking candidate to unite them

By JOSH BOAK and HANNAH FINGERHUT | February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are still searching for a presidential front-runner.No single candidate following the Iowa and New Hampshire contests has demonstrated undeniable strength, suggesting the race remains fluid with loyalties in flux, according...