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Election 2020

McConnell, Schumer to lead, but Senate majority uncertain

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators chose party leaders Tuesday with few changes at the top, but it's unclear who will be the majority leader in the new Congress with no party having secured control of the Senate until a January runoff election in ...

Trump campaign sues to block Pennsylvania election result

By MARK SCOLFORO and MARC LEVY Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign launched a lawsuit to stop the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania, suing Monday as counties continued to sort through provisional ballots and mail-in ballots nearly a ...

Kentucky AG joins lawsuit in Pennsylvania election case

By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican attorney general joined in a lawsuit Monday challenging mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, saying what happens elsewhere in a presidential election matters to Kentuckians. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear criticized ...

Trump election challenge not same as 2000 Florida recount

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Twenty years ago, in a different time and under far different circumstances than today, it took five weeks of Florida recounts and court battles before Republican George W. Bush prevailed over Democrat Al Gore by 537 ...

Barr tells DOJ to probe election fraud claims if they exist

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue "substantial allegations" of voting irregularities, if they exist, before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite no evidence of ...

Biden wins White House, vowing new direction for divided US

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social ...

Harris becomes first Black woman, South Asian elected VP

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press Kamala Harris made history Saturday as the first Black woman elected as vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two ...

Joe Biden: Stumbles, tragedies and, now, delayed triumph

By BILL BARROW Associated Press Days before he left the White House in 2017, President Barack Obama surprised Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, declaring his septuagenarian, white-haired lieutenant "the best vice president America's ever had," a "lion of American history." The ...

Biden wins White House, vowing new direction for divided US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. His victory came after more than three days ...

Suspended animation: Count drags on as Biden nears victory

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Four days after the election, the U.S. presidential race hovered in suspended animation Saturday as the long, exacting work of counting votes brought Democrat Joe Biden ever closer to a victory ...

Trump faces tough road in getting Supreme Court to intervene

By JESSICA GRESKO and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has repeatedly said there's one place he wants to determine the outcome of the presidential election: the U.S. Supreme Court. But he may have a difficult time ever getting there. Over the last two ...

Not waiting: Biden transition team at work amid limbo

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden's transition team isn't waiting for a verdict in the presidential race before getting to work. As officials continue to count ballots in several undecided states, longtime Biden aide Ted Kaufman is leading efforts to ensure ...

Biden eases ahead in Georgia; Trump attacks election process

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden narrowly overtook President Donald Trump in the vote count in Georgia early Friday and was steadily gaining ground in Pennsylvania, with the presidency hinging on the outcome of tight ...

Some in GOP break with Trump over baseless vote-fraud claims

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing President Donald Trump's unsupported claim that Democrats are trying to "steal" the election, saying Trump's comments undermine the U.S. political process and the bedrock notion that all Americans ...

Twin Senate runoffs in Georgia could shape Biden presidency

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The outcome in several contested states will determine whether Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump. But if the Democratic challenger wins, the ambitions of a Biden presidency could well come down to Georgia. Georgia, long a Republican ...

EXPLAINER: States still in play and what makes them that way

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A handful of states remained in play Friday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. The outcome of contests in Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Nevada will determine whether Democrat Joe Biden or President Donald Trump ...

Trump hits election integrity with unsupported complaints

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With votes still being counted across the nation, President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to undermine confidence in the nation's election, making unsupported accusations from the White House about the ...

With counting winding down, Trump team pushes legal fights

By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits Thursday, undercutting a campaign legal strategy to attack the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean President Donald ...

Poll watchers emerge as a flashpoint in battle over ballots

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press Election officials in key battleground states pushed back on claims by the Trump campaign that Republican poll watchers were being improperly denied access to observe the counting of ballots, saying Thursday that rules were being ...

Presidential election exposes America’s ‘perilous’ divides

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential elections can be revealing moments that convey the wishes of the American people to the next wave of elected officials. So far, the big reveal in the contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President ...