Skip to main contentSkip to main content
Updating results

Political Parties

AUSTIN, Texas — High-ranking Texas Democrats have sought to numb acute pain from a drubbing they took in this month’s midterm election by accentuating the positive: Predictions of a GOP “wave election” didn’t come true, they note. For the most part, Democrats fended off a nationally funded, much-publicized Republican incursion in South Texas — traditionally, a Democratic stronghold. Also, ...

  • Updated

Even with their threadbare House majority, Republicans doubled down this week on using their new power to investigate the Biden administration and in particular the president’s son. But their midterms miss has emboldened a White House that has long prepared for this moment. Republicans secured much smaller margins than anticipated, with Biden aides and Democrats feeling like voters punished the GOP for reliance on conspiracy theories and Donald Trump-fueled lies over the 2020 election. Democrats outside the White House have mobilized to combat what they anticipate will be a steady stream of misinformation from the House.

  • Updated

A batch of newly counted ballots from the Las Vegas area effectively handed Democrats control of the Senate late Saturday by tilting the Nevada race in favor of incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto. She took a 5,000-vote lead in Nevada over Republican Adam Laxalt that The Associated Press determined she will not lose even with some votes from rural counties left to count. That's when the AP called the race for Cortez Masto and with it control of the U.S. Senate. Cortez Masto's victory means Democrats will control at least 50 seats along with the vice president’s tiebreaking vote.

  • Updated

Neither party has reached the necessary threshold to win control in the House or Senate as of early Friday. Republicans are inching closer to seizing the House but aren’t there yet. Control of the Senate hangs on two races in Nevada and Georgia. Democrats would need to take Nevada to prevent Georgia's Dec. 6 runoff from determining who holds the Senate. The Associated Press doesn't make projections and declares winners when it's determined there is no scenario that would allow a trailing candidate to close the gap.

  • Updated

Support for abortion rights drove women to the polls in Tuesday’s elections. But for many, the issue took on higher meaning, part of an overarching concern about the future of democracy. Women, especially Democratic women, were more likely than men to say the Roe v. Wade reversal was a top factor in their vote. That was according to AP VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 94,000 voters in the midterm elections. More women also said the reversal made them angry, and said abortion had a major impact on their decision to turn out and which candidate they supported. In interviews with AP reporters, many women linked their concerns about abortion to fears for the country.

  • Updated

The winners in more than a dozen races for U.S. House in California haven’t been determined, but one thing is certain: Democrats will control at least two of those seats. That’s because of California’s so-called “jungle primary” system in which the top two vote getters in the primary, regardless of political party, proceed to the general election. In these races, both candidates on the ballot are Democrats. None of the races represents a pickup opportunity for the party, which currently controls both seats. AP has not called these races because the winning candidate isn’t clear, but what is known is that the winner will be a Democrat.

  • Updated

This week’s ballot had an unspoken candidate — American democracy. Two years of relentless attacks on democratic traditions by former President Donald Trump and his allies left the country’s future in doubt, and voters responded. Many of the candidates who supported the lie that Trump won the 2020 election lost races that could have put them in position to influence future elections. But the conditions that threatened democracy’s demise remain, and Americans view them from very different perspectives, depending on their politics.

  • Updated

Despite the conclusion of the final day of voting in the 2022 midterm elections, much remains uncertain. The control of Congress still hangs in the balance. Republicans hoped for a sweep that never came, but they could still wrest control of the House and Senate. Some candidates offered concessions speeches, while others vowed to wait until every vote was counted. Even as 2022 remained undecided, eyes were already on 2024.

The Associated Press determined Republicans will win Alaska's U.S. Senate race race because of the state’s ranked-choice voting system even though who'll win isn't clear. Donald Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka and Republican incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski were in a tight contest in early returns. The race also included Democrat Pat Chesbro and Republican Buzz Kelley, who ended his campaign in September and supported Tshibaka. Under ranked voting, ballots are counted in rounds. A candidate can win outright with more than 50% of the vote in the first round. If no one hits that threshold, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. Voters who chose that candidate as their top pick have their votes count for their next choice.

  • Updated

As Election Night bleeds into the next morning, control of Congress remains unclear. It’s not a presidential year, but these are high-stakes elections nonetheless. While there were some races the AP could call as soon as polls close, other winners are taking a lot longer to identify. AP's VoteCast surveys indicate high inflation and worries about the future of American democracy were significant factors in voters’ decisions.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former President Donald Trump on Sunday endorsed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s campaign for U.S. House. Trump issued the endorsement late Sunday in a statement from his Save America PAC, calling the onetime GOP governor a “wonderful patriot.” “Sarah Palin is tough and smart and will never back down,” the statement said. “And I am proud to give her my Complete and Total ...

ATLANTA — When Stacey Abrams ran for governor in 2018, Brian Kemp's advisers worried that she'd carve a path to victory by pulling off a dual narrative of being both an icon of the left and a pragmatic consensus-builder to middle-of-the-road voters. Though she struggled to navigate that balancing act four years ago, Abrams may be in a better position to pose such a threat as she prepares for a ...

  • Updated

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Former President Donald Trump tried to boost select Michigan candidates running for secretary of state, attorney general and the Legislature Saturday in a nearly two-hour address that aimed to cement his influence in the Michigan GOP. Three weeks ahead of the Michigan Republican nominating convention, Trump criticized Michigan’s 2020 election as “rigged” and ...

COMMERCE, Ga. — The crowd at former President Donald Trump’s rally hardly stirred when David Perdue claimed that Gov. Brian Kemp “sold us out” in negotiations for a $5 billion Rivian plant in east Georgia. He was met with stony silence when he reinforced his support for the stalled Buckhead cityhood effort. But cheers rang out Saturday when Perdue turned to Trump’s obsession by falsely ...

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit Friday from community advocacy groups that alleged the state's new House district lines unfairly favored Republicans. The decision by a court with a Democratic majority was a victory for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The 13-member panel completed its inaugural round of drawing legislative maps at the end of ...

BALTIMORE — A Maryland judge on Friday rejected a General Assembly-approved map of the state’s congressional districts that had been challenged by Republicans. Two GOP groups contended the map was unfairly drawn to favor Democrats and doesn’t abide by Maryland constitutional guidelines. In her decision, Lynne A. Battaglia, a retired state appeals court judge assigned to the Anne Arundel ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Democratic Party leaders say they have filed an ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham after he promoted his campaign website this week in a Senate office building saying he needed to close a fundraising gap. It was one of two complaints filed against Graham with the Senate Ethics Committee on Thursday, according to groups that filed them. ...

Ex-Trump fundraiser Broidy to plead guilty to illegal lobbying Elliott Broidy, a former top political fundraiser for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, plans to plead guilty to participating in an illegal foreign lobbying scheme and cooperate with investigators in the matter, according to a person familiar with the situation. Broidy was charged on Oct. 8 with illegally lobbying ...

PHOENIX - Call it their fail-safe option. If Joe Biden were to lose a critical Midwest battleground like Michigan or Wisconsin, Democrats are counting on Arizona to bail him out, acting as a potential replacement state with enough electoral power to prevent President Donald Trump's re-election. After Trump carried this emerging swing state by just over 91,000 votes four years ago, some ...

An Iowa judge agreed with Democratic petitioners that pre-filled absentee ballot applications sent to registered voters can't be invalidated by a state directive that allows only for blank request forms. Iowa District Court Judge Robert Hanson on Monday issued an emergency stay of the requirement that Democrats said would confuse voters, especially those who had already verified and returned ...

LAS VEGAS - On a blazing hot afternoon, two canvassers recently went door to door in a working-class neighborhood of east Las Vegas, bearing masks, campaign fliers and the weight of Democratic worries. Up and down stairs, across baking driveways, past thirsty lawns, Maria Magana and Atilano Salgado took turns asking voters in English, Spanish and a combination if they would support Joe Biden ...

MIAMI - Donald Trump isn't alone in distancing himself from the Proud Boys. Florida Republicans who've snapped photos with the group's members say they don't know much about the self-described militia group either. About 48 hours after the president told the organization to "stand back, and stand by" during the first presidential debate, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott condemned "all forms of racism, ...

MINNEAPOLIS - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers in Minnesota called for an investigation Monday into a conservative activist group's allegations of illegal mail-in ballot "harvesting" in a special Minneapolis City Council election this summer. A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department said the department was "in the process of looking into the validity" of the group's ...

LONDON - Boris Johnson's Conservative Party trails the main opposition Labour Party in an opinion poll for the first time in months, with half of those surveyed saying they disapprove of how government has handled the coronavirus crisis. According to an Opinium survey for the Observer, a left-leaning newspaper, Keir Starmer's Labour rose 3 points to 42% with Johnson's party dropping by the ...

Democrats propose new restraints on White House aimed at Trump WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats on Wednesday rolled out a sweeping draft package of reforms they say would prevent future presidential abuses of power and more effectively combat foreign interference in U.S. elections. The late congressional session package ranges from bills to expedite enforcement ...