Fatigue and frustration as final do-over mayoral election looms in Connecticut’s largest city

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — It’s been nearly four months since a judge tossed out the results of a Democratic mayoral primary in Connecticut’s largest city due to allegations of ballot stuffing, sending voters repeatedly back to the polls and thrusting Bridgeport into an unflattering national spotlight. Many frustrated local voters say they just want it to … Read more

Why AP isn’t using ‘presumptive nominee’ to describe Trump, Biden

WASHINGTON — While President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are the overwhelming favorites to once again win their parties’ nomination for a second term, they’re not the “presumptive nominees” just yet. Though you may hear the term more frequently in the coming days, The Associated Press only uses the designation once a candidate … Read more

Trump calls himself a ‘proud political dissident’ in CPAC speech

OXON HILL, Md. — Former President Donald Trump cast November’s presidential election as “judgment day” and declared himself a “proud political dissident” during a speech before conservative activists outside of Washington Saturday as he again cloaked his campaign in religious imagery. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on the day of South Carolina’s Republican … Read more

An RNC member is trying to stop the party from paying Donald Trump’s legal bills

COLUMBIA, S.C. — At least one member of the Republican National Committee is working to slow Donald Trump’s attempted takeover of the organization by pushing to keep the committee neutral until Trump is officially the presidential nominee and avoid picking up his legal bills. Two draft resolutions are being circulated by Henry Barbour, a national … Read more

Trump enters South Carolina’s Republican primary looking to embarrass Haley in her home state

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former President Donald Trump is looking to win his fourth straight primary state on Saturday over Nikki Haley in South Carolina, aiming to hand a home-state embarrassment to his last remaining major rival for the Republican nomination. Trump went into the primary with a huge polling lead and the backing of the … Read more

Trump says his criminal indictments boosted his appeal to Black voters

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his four criminal indictments have boosted his support among Black Americans because they see him as a victim of discrimination, comparing his legal jeopardy to the historic legacy of anti-Black prejudice in the U.S. legal system. Trump argues he is the victim of political persecution, … Read more

Magician says political consultant hired him to create AI robocall ahead of New Hampshire primary

CONCORD, N.H. — A New Orleans magician said Friday that a Democratic consultant who worked for Dean Phillips’ presidential campaign hired him to create the audio for what authorities have said may be the first known attempt to use artificial intelligence to interfere with a U.S. election. Paul Carpenter told The Associated Press he was … Read more

Los Angeles County district attorney seeks reelection in contest focused on feeling of public safety

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County voters are set to decide next month if embattled District Attorney George Gascón will remain the head of the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office in a race centered on perceptions of public safety. Gascón, who was elected in 2020 on a criminal justice platform alongside a wave of progressive prosecutors, … Read more

El Salvador’s president gets rock-star welcome at conservative gathering outside Washington

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele received a rock-star welcome Thursday at a conservative gathering outside Washington as he urged people to “unapologetically fight” against what he called “dark forces.” At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Bukele told people to use El Salvador as a warning. He said gangs took control … Read more

Two more candidates file papers to run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two more candidates filed paperwork Thursday to appear on Pennsylvania’s primary ballots for U.S. Senate as Democratic Sen. Bob Casey runs for a fourth term and Democrats try to maintain a majority in the narrowly divided chamber. Brandi Tomasetti, a Republican from Lancaster County, and William Parker, a Democrat from Allegheny County, … Read more