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APNewsBreak: Debt forces hunt for Lincoln-item auctioneers

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:09am

The hunt for auctioneers to sell off parts of a valuable collection of Lincoln artifacts, including an iconic stovepipe hat and gloves bloodied the night he was assassinated, to settle a $9.7 million debt began Wednesday, but the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation cautioned a sale isn't imminent.

US House rivals in Ohio deadlocked, but regrouping for fall

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:20am

It's rare that two candidates for a coveted open congressional seat get a do-over.

Dems pick 'firsts,' GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries

Steve Peoples and Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:21am

In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont's primary chose the nation's first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. Connecticut Democrats nominated a candidate who could become the first black woman from the state to serve in Congress.

Wisconsin Senate, governor's races feature Trump backers

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 7:24am

Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have to defeat Wisconsin's top education official to win a third term, while U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin faces a longtime state legislator as she tries to keep the seat under Democratic control.

Kobach's take-no-prisoners style at forefront in Kansas race

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:23am

At a parade this summer, candidate for governor Kris Kobach rode a jeep with a replica machine gun mounted on it. When some people complained that the stunt scared children, Kobach, Kansas' secretary of state, mocked their "snowflake meltdown ."

Somali-American nears new historic mark with primary win

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 5:49am

The nation's first Somali-American state legislator is poised to set the same historic mark in Congress after winning a crowded Democratic primary in Minnesota to replace Rep. Keith Ellison.

Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 2:59am

A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor, and she'll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported.

Primaries marked by Democratic diversity, Trump's picks

Steve Peoples and Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 12:03am

Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump.

Little-known official ends ex-Gov. Pawlenty's comeback bid

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 11:49pm

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who once called Donald Trump "unhinged and unfit for the presidency," lost to a lesser-known county official in the Republican primary, prematurely ending a bid to win back his old job.

Primary night: Dems go for diversity, GOP for Trump choices

Steve Peoples and Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:53pm

Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump.

Steil, 'Iron Stache' to face off for Ryan seat in November

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:45pm

Randy Bryce, a union ironworker known by the nickname "Iron Stache," won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the race to replace Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin for a seat he's held 20 years.

Somali-American wins Minnesota Democratic US House primary

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:44pm

Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar neared another first Tuesday by winning the Democratic primary in a congressional race, while voters set the battlefield in two other Minnesota districts that could help determine which party controls the House.

Pawlenty's Minnesota loss caps political career with a thud

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:43pm

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's bid to win his old job back fizzled Tuesday as the two-time governor who had harshly criticized Donald Trump late in the 2016 presidential campaign failed to connect with an electorate that has shifted in the years since he last held office.

Somali-American nears new historic mark with primary win

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:17pm

The nation's first Somali-American state legislator is poised to set the same historic mark in Congress after winning a crowded Democratic primary Tuesday in Minnesota to replace Rep. Keith Ellison.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders wins Vermont Democratic nod

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:15pm

Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won Vermont's Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday but was expected to turn down the nomination, as he did in his previous campaigns, and support other Democratic candidates.

Lawyer: Chicago alderman to plead guilty in corruption cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 11:56am

A member of the Chicago City Council is expected to join a long list of city aldermen to be convicted in corruption cases after his attorney told a federal court that he'd plead guilty.

Ex-Trump campaign manager says Bloomberg is 2020 threat

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:28am

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager said Wednesday Democrats need to nominate a Washington outsider to compete in 2020.

Schoolteacher upsets longtime Wisconsin state lawmaker

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 11:09pm

A schoolteacher who campaigned on improving education defeated a longtime Democratic state lawmaker in Tuesday's primary to take his seat representing the northern swath of Milwaukee County.

Corey wins Connecticut GOP nod for Senate, will face Murphy

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 9:53pm

Matthew Corey, a window washer and Hartford pub owner, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Connecticut on Tuesday and will face an uphill battle against Democratic incumbent Chris Murphy.