Gubernatorial elections

File-This combination of May 20, 2018, file photos shows Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp in Atlanta. A predominantly black county in rural Georgia is facing a nationwide backlash over plans to close about 75 percent of its voting locations ahead of the November election. Officials have fired a consultant, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, after widespread opposition erupted over a proposal to close most polling places in a predominantly black Georgia county, the county’s lawyer said Thursday. Randolph County lawyer Tommy Coleman gave The Associated Press a letter he sent Wednesday to consultant Mike Malone ending the contract. (AP Photos/John Amis, File)
August 23, 2018 - 4:53 pm
CUTHBERT, Ga. (AP) — Officials in a predominantly black Georgia county fired a consultant amid widespread backlash to a proposal that would close most polling places in the area three months ahead of a potentially historic election. Consultant Mike Malone had advocated consolidating the polling...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows Kansas gubernatorial candidates from left: Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach; Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly; and Independent candidate, businessmen Greg Orman, who are running in the November 2018 election. Democrats horrified by the thought that provocative conservative Kobach could be Kansas’ next governor are attacking Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman running as an independent. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
August 23, 2018 - 4:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats horrified by the thought that provocative conservative Kris Kobach could be Kansas' next governor are attacking a Kansas City-area businessman whose independent candidacy could thwart their ambitions and help elect the Republican. Their reaction to Greg Orman, the 49-...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 photo, Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, applauds with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt. Campaign records show that Republican Gov. Phil Scott spent more than Democratic gubernatorial candidate Hallquist, the nation's first transgender political candidate to win a major-party gubernatorial nomination, leading up to their primary wins this week. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
August 21, 2018 - 3:59 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's incumbent governor says he's saddened to hear that his opponent in the November election has been getting a steady stream of death threats and other personal attacks since her candidacy began to gain traction. Republican Gov. Phil Scott made the comments Tuesday...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman discusses his run for Kansas governor as an independent candidate during an interview in Topeka, Kan. Orman says many Kansas Republicans view their party's nominee, Kris Kobach, as not only extreme, but incompetent and corrupt. He believes those Republican voters will be attracted to his background as a businessman. Orman said Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, he expects his business experience will also draw to him Democratic voters who view the governor's job as not just a policy job but a management job. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
August 17, 2018 - 5:10 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials certified independent Greg Orman as a candidate for Kansas governor on Friday, and the businessman immediately tried to appeal to disaffected Republicans, who he said view GOP hopeful Kris Kobach as "incompetent and corrupt." Orman's entry into the...
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August 17, 2018 - 3:01 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Aug. 16, The Associated Press reported that voting-integrity advocates have asked a federal judge to force Kemp to use a new paper-based balloting system in time for the November midterms. The story should have specified that the plaintiffs say they are asking that a...
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Tim Pawlenty stands with his wife, Mary, as he concedes his run for governor at his election night gathering at Granite City Food and Brewery, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Eagan, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
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August 15, 2018 - 8:32 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As the last Republican to win statewide in traditionally blue Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty hoped to be the party's savior by running for his old job. Voters instead chose a lesser-known local official who didn't carry the stigma of the GOP establishment or of calling...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks during a news conference in Topeka, Kan. With Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. There's no guarantee that the business wing of the Republican Party will collectively back Kobach given the likely candidacy of independent Greg Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman who ran a strong campaign for U.S. Senate two years ago. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
August 15, 2018 - 4:31 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — With Kris Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, has earned a national reputation for his tough views on illegal immigration, his push for voting laws such as photo ID and proof...
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FILE - In this May 31, 2018, file photo, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks at a news conference in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota Democrats are settling a three-way battle for governor in a stacked primary election, while former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty is seeking to win back his old job on the Republican side. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)
August 14, 2018 - 10:28 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's comeback bid fizzled Tuesday in the Republican primary for his old job, as voters chose County Commissioner Jeff Johnson to face Democratic Rep. Tim Walz in the governor's race. Walz had been considered a top contender in the three-way...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md. Walker won the Republican primary in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, dispensing nominal opposition as he mounts bid for a third term. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 14, 2018 - 9:13 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state schools chief Tony Evers won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday and will face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November as he seeks a third term. Evers emerged from a field of eight Democratic candidates to win the primary, which comes as Walker has...
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Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, holding clipboard, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, shakes hands with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 14, 2018 - 9:02 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott, despite a backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported, won his party's primary to seek a second term and will face a former utility executive who on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to win a major political party's...
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