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Crowded Senate battle in Georgia likely won’t end until 2021

By RUSS BYNUM and BEN NADLER | February 1, 2020

ATLANTA (AP) — Less than a month after being sworn in as Georgia's new U.S. senator, Republican Kelly Loeffler faces a 2020 election battle that's already shaping up to be so contentious that odds are it won't be over until 2021.Loeffler, a wealthy...

Biden camp prepping backers for extended fight beyond Iowa

By BILL BARROW | February 1, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three days before the Iowa caucuses begin the 2020 nominating process, Joe Biden’s campaign manager downplayed the significance of Iowa and New Hampshire and prepped supporters for an extended primary season.“The vice president...

2020 candidates brace for frenzied, final weekend in Iowa

By WILL WEISSERT | February 1, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates kicked off a final, frenetic weekend of campaigning ahead of the Iowa caucuses, which will begin the battle to take on President Donald Trump in November.Former Vice President Joe Biden and...

Biden cash reserves lag behind top 2020 rivals

By BRIAN SLODYSKO | February 1, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden reported Friday that he had $9 million in reserve at the end of 2019, an underwhelming sum that suggests he could struggle to compete with his better funded rivals in the weeks ahead.Biden has...

Clinton jabs again at Sanders, says he didn’t unite party

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE | January 31, 2020

Hillary Clinton is not done talking about Bernie Sanders.The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said in a podcast interview that aired Friday that Sanders didn't try to unify the party after losing the primary to her four years ago and that he and his...

Bloomberg could qualify for debates under new party rules

By BILL BARROW and STEVE PEOPLES | January 31, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Democratic National Committee has dropped grassroots fundraising qualifications for the party’s Feb. 19 debate before the Nevada caucuses, opening the possibility that billionaire Michael Bloomberg could make his first...

Trial highlights: Alexander decides, Dershowitz backtracks

By MATTHEW DALY | January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — An end to President Donald Trump's impeachment trial appears closer after one influential Republican senator said he would not support a call for more witness.Earlier, one of Trump's attorneys tried to explain his controversial defense....

The delegate game: Math, timing and how to win a nomination

By SETH BORENSTEIN | January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winning a party’s presidential nomination is like the children’s board game Chutes and Ladders spiced up with momentum, math and money.In the delegate game, it costs millions to win a nomination and the stakes are huge, but the...

Buttigieg courts ‘future former Republicans’ to expand vote

By THOMAS BEAUMONT | January 31, 2020

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg has been talking a lot lately about “future former Republicans.”They are potential Iowa caucus voters disenchanted with President Donald Trump who have gone so far as to change their party affiliation and...

Biden, Buttigieg amplify Sanders criticism before Iowa vote


WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden stepped up their criticisms of Bernie Sanders on Thursday, as moderates are under growing pressure to dull any momentum the progressive senator may gain heading into next week's Iowa caucuses.Biden, a...

Election officials get training before 2020 voting begins

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — When state election officials gathered ahead of the last presidential election, major topics were voter registration, identity theft and ballot design. This year, the main theme is election security.The change since 2016 underscores...

Ebenezer pastor Raphael Warnock enters US Senate race

By BEN NADLER | January 30, 2020

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, announced Thursday he's running for U.S. Senate, challenging recently appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler.With his influential...