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2020 Election

Joe Biden clinches Democratic nomination

By Stephen Ohlemacher and Will Weissert Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Friday, setting him up for a bruising challenge to President Donald Trump that will play out against the unprecedented backdrop of a pandemic, economic collapse and civil unrest. "It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded," Biden said in a statement Friday night, "and I…

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp offers state for GOP convention

By Zeke Miller and Ben Alexander Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgia's governor is offering his state and its "world-class facilities" as host of the Republican National Convention — a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state's Democratic governor doesn't assure him that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears.  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, sent an open plea to Trump on Tuesday to consider…

Biden says he was too ‘cavalier’ with black voters comment

By Bill Barrow and Kat Stafford Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Biden says he "should not have been so cavalier" after he told a prominent black radio host that African Americans who back President Donald Trump "ain't black." The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee quickly moved to address the fallout from his Friday remark, which was interpreted by some as presuming black Americans would vote for him. In a call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce that was added to his…

Joe Biden on Tara Reade allegation: ‘This never happened’

By Alexandra Jaffe and Bill Barrow Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday categorically denied allegations from a former Senate staffer that he sexually assaulted her in the early 1990s, saying "this never happened." Biden's first public remarks on the allegation by a former employee, Tara Reade, come at a critical moment for the presumptive Democratic nominee as he tries to relieve mounting pressure after weeks of leaving denials to his…

Obama endorses Biden for president: ‘Joe has all the qualities we need’

By Alexandra Jaffe, Julie Pace and Bill Barrow Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden in a video on Tuesday, giving the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee a boost from the party's biggest fundraiser and one of its most popular figures. "I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now," Obama said in a nearly 12- minute video, touting him as a "close friend" and lauding him for his perseverance and compassion.…

Bernie Sanders throws support to Joe Biden in fight to beat Trump

By Bill Barrow and Alexandra Jaffe Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders endorsed Joe Biden's presidential campaign on Monday, encouraging his progressive supporters to rally behind the presumptive Democratic nominee in an urgent bid to defeat President Donald Trump. "I am asking all Americans, I'm asking every Democrat, I'm asking every independent, I'm asking a lot of Republicans, to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse," the Vermont…

Dems mull how to hit Trump on pandemic, economy

By Alan Fram Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are wrestling over how best to assail President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy's shutdown, even as the country lurches into an unpredictable campaign season during its most devastating crisis in decades.  Trump has provided Democrats with plenty of political fodder, including leading a slow-footed federal response to an outbreak that has caused profound economic, health and social…

Trump vs. Biden: General election battle all but set

By Steve Peoples AP National Political Writer The stage is set for November. Barring unforeseen disaster, Joe Biden will represent the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump this fall, the former vice president's place on the general election ballot cemented Wednesday by Bernie Sanders' decision to end his campaign. Biden likely won't secure the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination until June. But without any Democratic rivals left, a general election campaign…

Bernie Sanders ends White House run, Biden likely nominee

By Will Weissert Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party's establishment lined swiftly up behind rival Joe Biden, ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, an acknowledgment that the former vice president is too far ahead for him to have any reasonable hope of catching up. The Vermont senator's announcement makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in…

Wisconsin commences with primary election after court overrules governor

By Scott Bauer and Steve Peoples Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters in Wisconsin will face a choice Tuesday of participating in a presidential primary election or heeding warnings from public health officials to stay away from large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic. Hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an order postponing the election for two months, the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday sided with Republicans who said he didn't have the…

Close race: State’s attorney candidate awaits mail-in ballot count

UPDATE: As of late Wednesday, March 18, the GOP primary race for Winnebago County state's attorney is tied. J. Hanley and David Gill both have 8,312 votes as mail-in ballots are being counted. By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Candidate for Winnebago County state's attorney J. Hanley is hoping once the mail-in ballots are counted he will emerge the winner of Tuesday's GOP primary election. As it it stands, however, Loves Park attorney David Gill (8,260) edged Hanley (8,228) by 32…

Bernie Sanders weighs future after Biden logs big primary wins

By Will Weissert and Brian Slodysko Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders was trying to determine his next moves on Wednesday, after Joe Biden swept to victory in Florida, Illinois and Arizona and seized a commanding lead in a Democratic presidential race upended by the coronavirus. The Vermont senator's campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said Sanders "is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign." But Shakir also suggested his candidate is no hurry…

Rockford Ald. Joe Chiarelli wins GOP primary race for county board chairman

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Rockford Ald. Joe Chiarelli (R-14), has won the Republican primary for Winnebago County Board Chairman. Chiarelli registered 57% of the vote while board member Jim Webster (R-2) won 43%. In terms of votes, it was 9,072 for Chiarelli and 6,859 for Webster. Chiarelli will face District 15 board member Burt Gerl (D) in the November general election. The winner of that race will take over for County Board Chairman Frank Haney, who announced last year that he…

Election 2020: Bloomberg bows out, endorses Joe Biden

By Steve People and Will Weissert Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg suspended his presidential campaign and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was reassessing her candidacy Wednesday as the winnowing process in the Democrats' 2020 nomination fight lurched forward after a consequential Super Tuesday.  Bloomberg quit the race just over 100 days after he got in despite pouring more than $500 million of his personal fortune into his campaign. The massive…

Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire, declares ‘end for Donald Trump’

By Steve Peoples, Kathleen Ronayne and Hunter Woodall Associated Press MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire's presidential primary election Tuesday night, narrowly edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party's chaotic 2020 nomination fight. In his win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, beat back a strong challenge from the 38-year-old former Midwestern mayor -- two men representing…