State Elections

Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate
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Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate

MISSOULA, Mont. — Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see when the coronavirus pandemic would manifest in Montana. When it finally did, life for the Livingston resident and father of... Read More

Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy
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Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy

WASHINGTON — During a global pandemic, Kansas voters will have a choice between two doctors offering competing remedies for the current crisis and the health care system as a whole. In the race for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat, U.S.... Read More

A Plumber, a Chief and an Uber Driver Walk Into a Senate Race. Can one Win the GOP Nod?
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A Plumber, a Chief and an Uber Driver Walk Into a Senate Race. Can one Win the GOP Nod?

WASHINGTON — If you’ve turned on a television in the Kansas City area recently, you’ve probably seen Bob Hamilton’s face. He’s one of 11 names on Kansas Republicans’ Aug. 4 primary ballot for the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen.... Read More

Chaotic Virus Response Puts Statehouses Into Play Across America
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Chaotic Virus Response Puts Statehouses Into Play Across America

Arizona, once the rock-solid Republican home of party legends John McCain and Barry Goldwater, could well have its first Democratic legislature in almost three decades next year. If it does, Republicans will have COVID-19 to blame. Arizona’s Senate and House... Read More

Voters Report Races Missing From Ballots at Some SC Primary Polls
2020 Elections
Voters Report Races Missing From Ballots at Some SC Primary Polls

COLUMBIA, S.C. — On an unprecedented primary election day, reports of problems at polling stations across South Carolina’s Richland County have been rolling in. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that led to increased requests for absentee ballots, there has been a... Read More

How Joe Arpaio’s Return Could Haunt Trump in Battleground Arizona
2020 Elections
How Joe Arpaio’s Return Could Haunt Trump in Battleground Arizona

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump carried Arizona on his way to the White House four years ago, voters were simultaneously ushering another nationally renowned Republican with polarizing views on law enforcement and immigration out of office. Now Joe Arpaio is... Read More

Postal Service’s Struggles Could Hurt Mail-in Election
Voting
Postal Service’s Struggles Could Hurt Mail-in Election

WASHINGTON — An unprecedented shift in American democracy is underway, as more states and counties turn to voting by mail. But as jurisdictions prepare for a pandemic-riddled presidential election, the threat of a financial crisis at the U.S. Postal Service... Read More

Bullock Attacks Money in Politics as Super PAC Goes After Daines
Montana
Bullock Attacks Money in Politics as Super PAC Goes After Daines

WASHINGTON — When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock launched his bid last year for the Democratic presidential nomination, he said he aimed to “defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice.” Although his White House effort... Read More

The 6 States at the Center of the Battleground Map Six Months From Election Day
2020 Elections
The 6 States at the Center of the Battleground Map Six Months From Election Day

WASHINGTON — Election Day is now less than six months away, but most Americans have set aside a presidential campaign that’s been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. While the coronavirus has tossed the mechanics of politicking in flux for the... Read More

At the Local Level, Many Republican Election Officials Favor Mail-In Voting
2020 Elections
At the Local Level, Many Republican Election Officials Favor Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — Despite opposition from President Donald Trump, many local Republican election officials across the country are continuing to push for expanding mail-in voting ahead of November’s election. The novel coronavirus outbreak has made voting in person a health hazard:... Read More

Vote-By-Mail States Don’t See the Rampant Fraud That Trump Suggests
Voting
Vote-By-Mail States Don’t See the Rampant Fraud That Trump Suggests

WASHINGTON — States are expecting an increase in voters wanting to mail in their ballots as the coronavirus pandemic has made in-person voting potentially dangerous. Some people have questioned whether mail-in ballots are secure. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said... Read More

New Election Security Funds Won’t Come Easy for Hard-Hit States
Elections
New Election Security Funds Won’t Come Easy for Hard-Hit States

WASHINGTON — Cash-strapped states, which Congress just pumped $150 billion into, will nonetheless have to pony up in order to access new election security grants in the massive new coronavirus aid package signed by President Donald Trump. The $2.3 trillion... Read More

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