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Minnesota retirements open battles for 3 open US House seats

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 10:39pm

Decisions by three Minnesota Democrats to leave Congress sparked rowdy primary fights Tuesday for their open seats, with two districts shaping up as high-intensity November battlegrounds and a Somali-American legislator hoping to make history in the third.

Favorites for Franken's Minnesota seat reflect #MeToo's rise

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 10:37pm

The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement set the course for what could be a two-woman race to finish his term, part of an unusual primary Tuesday featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot.

8 Democrats seek to challenge Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 10:31pm

The eight Democrats running for governor in Wisconsin have largely kept their focus on Republican Gov. Scott Walker ahead of Tuesday's primary, while Walker has repeatedly warned his supporters of a possible "blue wave."

3 Democrats seek Minnesota governor post Pawlenty wants back

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 10:27pm

Minnesota Democrats were settling a three-way battle for governor in Tuesday's stacked primary election, while former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty sought to win back his old job on the Republican side.

Ryan's retirement fuels Democrats' hopes of picking up seat

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 10:11pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement creates an opening in his southeastern Wisconsin congressional district for the first time in 20 years, fueling hopes among Democrats that they can pick up the seat that leans Republican.

Final stage of counting Kansas GOP primary votes continues

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 10:05pm

Kansas county election officials were set to continue reviewing some 9,000 provisional ballots Tuesday as the two candidates in the state's tight GOP primary for governor appeared to dig in for a long battle.

Prosecution rests in Manafort tax evasion and fraud trial

Chad Day, Stephen Braun and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 8:29pm

Prosecutors on Monday rested their tax evasion and bank fraud case in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, closing two weeks of testimony that depicted him as using millions of dollars hidden in offshore accounts to fund a luxurious lifestyle — and later obtaining millions more in bank loans under false pretenses.

Kansas GOP governor candidates dig in for long ballot fight

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 7:09pm

Kansas election officials began reviewing some 9,000 provisional ballots Monday as the two candidates in the state's tight GOP primary for governor appeared to dig in for a long and potentially nasty legal fight that could take weeks to play out.

Democrat Schrier advances in Washington's 8th District

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 7:07pm

An open congressional seat in Washington state officially has its November matchup: Democrat Kim Schrier has advanced to the general election to face Republican Dino Rossi in the race for the 8th Congressional District.

The Latest: Kobach hangs on to narrow lead as count begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 4:54pm

The Latest on the Republican gubernatorial primary race between Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach (all times local):

Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn't mention him

Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 4:40pm

President Donald Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for John McCain but included no mention in his remarks of the Republican senator, who is battling brain cancer at home in Arizona.

Rep. Love, medical tech pros urge Senate to permanently repeal medical device tax

Ben Lockhart, KSL  |  Posted Aug 13th - 4:13pm

Flanked by medical technology sector professionals at Merit Medical Systems headquarters on Monday, Rep. Mia Love called on the U.S. Senate to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act's medical device tax.

Democrats look to longshot territory for midterm gains

Dan Sewell and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 3:08pm

As Aftab Pureval campaigns for Congress in southwest Ohio, he sometimes smilingly introduces himself as "a brown dude with a funny name."

Democrats ramp up political push to win in GOP-heavy Arizona

Melissa Daniels, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 2:34pm

The blue wave that Democrats hope will crash into Arizona in November is creeping up in community centers, library auditoriums and churches this summer.

14-year-old boy uses legal quirk to run for Vermont governor

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 2:30pm

One of the four Vermont Democrats seeking the party nomination to run for governor in the fall election isn't old enough to vote, let alone drive.

Reports of election site hacking rankle Florida officials

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 6:32pm

Child's play or a signs of a serious security problem in one of the nation's swing states?

Woman behind Ellison allegations won't release alleged video

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 4:02pm

The woman who accused Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of once abusing her while they were dating says she won't share alleged video footage of the incident.

Pistol issued ex-sheriff running for Texas governor missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 3:31pm

A gun issued to Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez while she was Dallas County sheriff seven years ago wasn't returned and remains missing.

Trump tweet jabs Kasich; Ohio governor posts laughing Putin

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 3:05pm

President Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) are trading jabs on Twitter days after a special congressional election the two Republicans tried to influence ended too close to call.