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Early Voting Gets Underway in Virginia Primary
In The States
Early Voting Gets Underway in Virginia Primary
2022-05-06 18:07:52
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. — Early voting began in Virginia on Friday ahead of the commonwealth’s June 21 primaries. Early voting will continue through June 18 at 5 p.m. Those wishing to vote in person can do so at their local register’s... Read More

2022 Elections
2022 Midterms: What to Know About Ohio, Indiana Primaries

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first multistate contest of the 2022 midterm election season unfolds on Tuesday, as Ohio voters pick nominees for governor and the U.S. Senate while Indiana voters consider whether their Legislature should become even more conservative. The races,... Read More

In The States
Ballot Set for Ohio Primaries, but Legislative Maps Still in Doubt
2022-04-24 21:42:10
by Reece Nations

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With less than two weeks to go before Ohio's May 3 primary election, registered voters are showing a robust interest in the races. To date, more than 125,100 voters have requested absentee ballots and nearly 45,000 votes... Read More

Campaign Finance
FEC Asked to Set Value for Campaign Research in Senate Race
2022-04-20 18:23:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The campaign committee for Senate Democrats has asked the Federal Election Commission to appraise the value of a “research book” it wants to provide to two Democratic candidates to aid in their bids to unseat an incumbent Republican... Read More

2022 Elections
Democrat Finkenauer Knocked Off US Senate Primary Ballot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge has ruled that Democrat Abby Finkenauer cannot appear on the June 7 Iowa primary ballot for U.S. Senate because she didn't gather enough petition signatures, potentially knocking off the candidate considered... Read More

Immigration
Congress Urged to Tackle Immigration Reform Before Midterms
2022-03-09 18:19:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan coalition of business and other organizations, calling themselves The Alliance for New Immigration Consensus is urging Congress to advance immigration reform legislation before the 2022 midterms. In a letter to the leaders of both chambers of... Read More

In The States
Bills in Idaho Senate Could Impose Stricter Voting Rules Ahead of Primary
2022-03-04 15:38:29
by Dan McCue

BOISE, Idaho – A pair of emergency bills that have been referred to the Idaho Senate could lead to the enactment of stricter rules for voters ahead of the state’s May primary. Idahoans will head to the polls to cast... Read More

In The States
First Primaries of 2022 Election Cycle to Take Place in Texas 
2022-02-28 21:59:28
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Texas Secretary of State John Scott’s office released information on the state’s primary election day taking place on Tuesday, the first in the country of this year’s election cycle. While over 1.6 million early voters have already... Read More

In The States
Attacks from Within Seen as a Growing Threat to Elections

Election officials preparing for this year's midterms have yet another security concern to add to an already long list that includes death threats, disinformation, ransomware and cyberattacks — threats from within. In a handful of states, authorities are investigating whether... Read More

Congress
Kathleen Rice Bows Out of 2022 Contest
2022-02-15 18:44:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said Tuesday she will not seek reelection in 2022, becoming the 30th House Democrat and 43rd member overall to announce a departure from Congress this year. “As I turn to the next chapter of... Read More

Political News
Pelosi to Seek Reelection Despite Risk of Losing House Majority
2022-01-26 19:12:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — After weeks of writing farewells for House Democrats who’ve decided to forego bids for reelection, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that she has no plans of joining them in retirement. “While we have made progress, much more... Read More

2022 Elections
Cooper Chooses Retirement Over Running in Carved Up District
2022-01-26 00:27:49
by Dan McCue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., a member of Congress since 1983, on Tuesday became the latest House Democrat to announce he won’t be seeking reelection in 2022. Cooper, a longtime member of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition of... Read More

Political News
Langevin Sees Future in Retirement Rather Than Reelection
2022-01-18 22:56:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., won’t be seeking reelection to Congress in the fall, bringing the curtain down on an 11-term congressional career. “Nearly 40 years ago, a tragic accident left me paralyzed. My dreams of becoming a police... Read More

2022 Elections
American Idol Runner Up Aiken Running for Congress in North Carolina
2022-01-11 14:52:55
by Dan McCue

DURHAM, N.C. — Two decades after coming oh so close to winning the 2003 edition of  “American Idol,” Clay Aiken is running for Congress as a Democrat in North Carolina. “Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since I... Read More

Political News
Luria to Seek Reelection in Virginia’s Revised 2nd District
2022-01-06 22:39:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., a Navy veteran currently serving her second term in Congress said Thursday she’s going to battle for a third term, despite a redrawing of her district that is more favorable to a Republican candidate.... Read More

Political News
Brenda Lawrence Becomes 25th Democrat to Opt Out of Reelection
2022-01-05 18:57:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Brenda Lawrence, Michigan’s only Black member of Congress, revealed Tuesday evening that she will not be running for reelection in 2022. Lawrence is the 25th incumbent Democratic House member to opt out of a reelection bid this... Read More

Political News
Spanberger to Seek Reelection in Virginia’s New 7th Congressional District
2021-12-29 20:27:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A day after the Virginia Supreme Court approved a new House district map that substantially redefines the area she represents, Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger announced she’s all in for a reelection bid in 2022. “Nearly 200,000 Virginians in... Read More

Voting
Abrams Seeks National Voting Rights Action Before 2022 Race

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, who built her national reputation by advocating for voting rights, is calling on Congress to take action on federal voting rules as the Democrat launches a second bid to become Georgia's governor. Senators including Georgia Democrat... Read More

In The States
Former Sen. David Perdue Announces Georgia Gubernatorial Campaign
2021-12-07 20:39:18
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA — Former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., announced on Monday he will enter the Georgia gubernatorial race in a bid to oust incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp. Perdue narrowly lost a January runoff election to Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., but was... Read More

In The States
Gov. Hochul Aims to Hold Office Amid Primary Challengers
2021-12-02 20:51:00
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul took over for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August, and her performance so far has strengthened her case for reelection with the state’s voters. Polling data suggests New Yorkers are generally supportive... Read More

Pennsylvania
Trump-Backed Parnell Loses Custody Battle, Suspends Campaign

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sean Parnell, the candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, on Monday suspended his campaign after he lost a court fight over custody of his three children in which the judge... Read More

Political News
Kinzinger Blasts Partisanship While Announcing He Won’t Seek Reelection
2021-10-29 17:32:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., one of former President Trump's staunchest critics in the Republican party, announced Friday that he will not run for reelection in 2022. The announcement, via Twitter, came just hours after Democrats in the Illinois... Read More

Congress
Price, Doyle Join Exodus from the House, Opt Out of 2022 Races
2021-10-18 23:52:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. David Price, D-N.C., and Mike Doyle, D-Penn., on Monday became the latest members of Congress to announce they won’t be seeking reelection in 2022. The announcements come less than a week after Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., chairman... Read More

Elections
Bustos Compiles Advice for Defending House Majority in 2022
2021-08-15 12:28:17
by Dan McCue

Rep. Cheri Bustos, the Illinois Democrat who led her party’s House campaign arm in the 2020 cycle, has some advice for swing-district Democrats on how they can win in communities that tilted for former President Donald Trump the last two... Read More

2022 Elections
Iowa Democrat Finkenauer Seeking GOP Sen. Grassley's Seat

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Abby Finkenauer, a former congresswoman, is running for Republican Chuck Grassley's U.S. Senate seat, hoping her blue-collar credentials will propel her forward in a state that has grown more conservative over the years. The... Read More

Political News
Democrats Bet on Early Latino Outreach to Avoid '20 Pitfalls

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — On a sweaty recent Thursday afternoon, Alex Berrios is instructing his team on how to get people to register to vote. Extend your hand, he says; it makes folks more likely to stop. Smile a lot,... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott to Face Primary Challengers in 2022
2021-07-08 22:51:40
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott now faces a pair of serious primary challengers in the form of former Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West and former state Sen. Don Huffines. In his 25 years in statewide politics,... Read More

Political News
'Hillbilly' to Capitol Hill? Author Eyes Senate Bid in Ohio

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Rodney Muterspaw figures J.D. Vance has already shown he's got what it takes to be a U.S. senator.  Vance, the "Hillbilly Elegy" author and a fellow Middletown native, broke out of poverty and family chaos and... Read More

Rosen To Lead Women’s Senate Network For 2022 Cycle
2021-03-03 20:26:16
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen has been selected to chair the Women's Senate Network for the 2022 cycle, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Wednesday. Rosen, a computer programmer until she was elected to represent Nevada's 3rd congressional district... Read More

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