- Democrats work to paint NH senator as loyal ally of Trump Updated: May-06-16 12:21 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte casts herself as independent, focused on New Hampshire over party politics in her re-election bid. But now she's trying to fight off a different label, one that Democrats will assign her at every turn: Loyal ally of Donald Trump.
- Correction: Election-Indiana-Congress story Updated: May-06-16 9:52 am
INDIANAPOLIS - In a story May 5 about the campaign for Indiana's 9th Congressional District seat, The Associated Press erroneously reported the first name of the Democratic nominee. She is Shelli Yoder, not Sherri Yoder.
- Fractured GOP shows no immediate signs of mending itself Updated: May-06-16 9:39 am
WASHINGTON - A fractured Republican party showed few signs of mending itself Friday, after Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus declared his support for Donald Trump and Trump bashed House Speaker Paul Ryan for not falling in line.
- North Carolina GOP convention follows dismissal of chairman Updated: May-06-16 3:58 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina Republican Party leaders are anxious to increase harmony within the ranks at this weekend's state convention heading into what points to a perilous - or at least extraordinary - presidential election year for the GOP.
- Democratic advertising blitz awaits GOP's Trump Updated: May-06-16 3:23 am
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's likely Democratic opponent and her allies are laying their traps for him.
- Indiana Gov. Pence says he'll support Donald Trump Updated: May-05-16 11:34 pm
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he will support Donald Trump as the Republican Party's presidential candidate in the November election.
- Illinois' GOP governor won't endorse Trump Updated: May-05-16 10:28 pm
CHICAGO - A member of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says the Republican governor will not endorse Donald Trump as the GOP standard-bearer in the November election.
- Republican Senate candidate says he won't vote for Trump Updated: May-05-16 7:30 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington state said Thursday that he does not support Donald Trump as his party's presumed presidential nominee, and won't vote for president in November unless a conservative third-party alternative comes forward.
- The Latest: Colorado's Blaha makes GOP Senate ballot Updated: May-05-16 7:10 pm
DENVER - The Latest on the Colorado Senate Primary (all times local):
- Unprecedented number of people register for Oregon primary Updated: May-05-16 7:07 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - A whopping 111,000 Oregonians gave themselves a voice by changing their voter registrations to Democrat and Republican this year ahead of the state's presidential primary.
- Jonathan Johnson hasn't decided if he'll support Trump Updated: May-05-16 6:41 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Republican candidate for governor Jonathan Johnson hasn't decided if he'll support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
- In New Mexico, Democrats and GOP scrutinize Trump Updated: May-05-16 6:39 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Leading Democrats in New Mexico are taking aim at Donald Trump as the state's Republican governor withholds her full endorsement of the presumptive GOP nominee.
- Ohio Democrats happy about Trump as presumptive GOP nominee Updated: May-05-16 6:33 pm
CINCINNATI - Ohio Democrats are happy for businessman Donald Trump - that is, happy for the prospect of the brash presumptive Republican presidential nominee topping the opposition ticket in November.
- GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy Updated: May-05-16 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON - If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.
- Trump says he would likely replace Yellen once her term ends Updated: May-05-16 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump said Thursday he has nothing against Janet Yellen but would likely replace her as Fed chair once her term is up.
- In election fight, Utah governor retreats from Common Core Updated: May-05-16 5:50 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Republican Gov. Gary Herbert spent years defending Utah's adoption of Common Core education standards but reversed course this week, calling for a repeal as he faces a tough re-election fight for his party's nomination.
- GOP national delegate steps down in protest of Trump Updated: May-05-16 5:40 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana delegate to the Republican national convention says he won't attend the summer gathering because he refuses to participate in the "coronation" of presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
- The Latest: UNC could lose $1.4 billion over due to LGBT law Updated: May-05-16 5:01 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on disagreements over a North Carolina law that restricts transgender people to public restrooms aligned with their biological sex and prevents governments from passing their own anti-discrimination rules (all times local):
- Minnesota Senate rejects $1.5 million public works bill Updated: May-05-16 4:57 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's Senate narrowly rejected a Democratic plan to borrow $1.5 billion for public construction projects across the state on Thursday, providing just the latest reminder of the wide divide between Republicans and Democrats as the legislative session winds down with little settled.
- GOP leader says lawmakers should stick to budget in session Updated: May-05-16 4:17 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - When Connecticut legislators return to the state Capitol for a special session to finish the budget, they're expected to also vote on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's latest criminal justice reform bill.
- AP FACT CHECK: Trump's vow to create Appalachian coal jobs Updated: May-05-16 3:31 pm
DALLAS - Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer.
- Illinois GOP lawmakers want auditor spending answers Updated: May-05-16 3:26 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A group of Republican lawmakers attempted to turn up the election-year heat Thursday on the state's chief fiscal monitor, demanding that Auditor General Frank Mautino answer questions about his campaign spending as a legislator.
- Scott stands by anti-Trump views, other Republicans quiet Updated: May-05-16 1:27 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, a candidate for Vermont's Republican gubernatorial nomination, says he won't make any more negative comments about Donald Trump. But Scott says he sticks by earlier comments, in which he sharply criticized the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
- Senate Dems field large roster of women in the Year of Trump Updated: May-05-16 11:55 am
WASHINGTON - If 2016 has been the Year of Trump in politics, it may also end up being a new Year of the Woman, if Democrats get their way. And that won't be a coincidence.
- Races all but decided, presidential field eyes West Virginia Updated: May-05-16 11:46 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Even before Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee this week, West Virginia looked like awfully favorable turf for the billionaire real estate mogul.