Campaign: Nevada demographics, family tie a boon for Booker
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cory Booker's family ties to Las Vegas and the similar demographics between his home state of New Jersey and Nevada will help him compete in the western state's presidential...
Warren wows in Iowa as candidates’ sprint to caucuses begins
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The chant — "2 cents, 2 cents, 2 cents" — started in the back of a crowd that packed sidewalks at the Iowa State Fair. Elizabeth Warren, basking in the spontaneous...
2020 Democrats target Trump gains in rural areas
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They're flanked by hay bales on otherwise deserted fields, speak atop countertops at small-town coffee shops and tour farms far removed from city centers. Democratic...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Republican Party next month will consider bypassing its presidential nominating caucuses next year by having governing members endorse President Donald Trump and avoid...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) —
Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states'...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is one step away from ditching its presidential caucuses for a primary system that would be the nation's first to allow voters to rank candidates from first to last on...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Legislature sent a proposal to the governor Wednesday to ditch the state's presidential caucuses for a primary system that would be the nation's first to allow voters...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats plan to have voters rank candidates rather than pick only one in a presidential primary set for May 2020.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tim Bottaro was ready to endorse Kamala Harris. He planned an event for the California senator in Sioux City, Iowa, buying balloons to match her campaign's...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could be the latest state to ditch its presidential caucus for a primary system, a move that would leave just a handful of states with the more grassroots caucus system...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In Iowa, one of the whitest states in the nation, more than 100 black Democrats who expect to attend the 2020 caucuses crammed into a tiny community center in the capital...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is announcing he's been endorsed in the 2020 Democratic presidential race by Iowa's attorney general.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Excitement over wide-open Republican and Democratic presidential primaries brought 320,000 Minnesotans, or about 8% of eligible voters, out to pick presidential candidates on a...
GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — Austin Anderson was excited to see Beto O'Rourke on his college campus last week, intrigued by his "character" and talk of bipartisanship. But would he support the former...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Democratic Party announced Sunday it will use the state's 2020 presidential primary to allocate delegates to candidates instead of the precinct caucuses...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Democrats have proposed swapping their long-standing caucus system with a primary to determine state-level support for Democratic presidential...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa Democratic Party official is facing criticism for jumping to Beto O'Rourke's campaign — and bringing with him inside information that O'Rourke's rivals for...
- Sioux City JournalDemocrats’ cattle call season gets big, but late, startJune 1, 2019
- The Washington TimesIowa caucuses' character at odds with new push for absentee votingJanuary 11, 2019
- Watertown Daily TimesNomination papers filed in Jefferson CountyJanuary 4, 2019
- Norfolk Daily NewsNebraska Democratic Party votes to discontinue caucuses and return to primary systemDecember 10, 2018
- Star TribuneMinnesota officials thinking about mail-only ballots for 2020 presidential primaryDecember 6, 2018
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As former Vice President Joe Biden prepares for a potential White House campaign, his associates increasingly see a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses as crucial to his...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Democrats unveiled a written plan Wednesday for the party's 2020 presidential caucus that party leaders hope will heal rifts from three years ago, when supporters of Bernie...
Nevada Democratic Party hires director for 2020 caucuses
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada State Democratic Party has hired an organizing director who worked on Democrat Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign to direct the state party's presidential...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Democrats are proposing changes to their presidential caucus that could dramatically alter the way candidates compete in the state, opening the process to an early-vote and...
Iowa Democrats propose ‘virtual’ caucuses in 2020
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party on Monday proposed the biggest changes to the state's famed caucuses in nearly 50 years by recommending Iowans be able to participate virtually.
If approved, the measure would allow people to caucus using telephones or smart devices during the days leading up to the Feb. 3 caucus night.
Booker announces key staff hires in early-voting states
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Days after the official launch of his presidential bid, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced key staff hires in several early voting states on Monday, naming veteran political operatives to head up his campaign in some of the first critical battlegrounds of the 2020 voting calendar.
Warren plans Iowa trip in another step toward 2020 campaign
BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is preparing to bring a populist message to Iowa voters just days after taking her first major step toward launching a campaign for president.
The Massachusetts Democrat told reporters on Wednesday that she's planning to visit the state with the nation's first presidential caucuses after being sworn in on Thursday to a second Senate term.
Mail-only ballots discussed for presidential primary
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota political party leaders along with state and local officials are considering mail-only balloting for the 2020 presidential primary, a dramatic change from past practices in which citizens made their selections in party caucuses.
Nebraska Democrats to decide on retaining caucuses for 2020
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Democrats are expected to decide soon on whether to hold a primary for the 2020 presidential election or hold caucuses again.
The state's Democratic leader, Jane Kleeb, told the Omaha World-Herald that feedback is running about 3-to-1 in favor of scrapping the caucuses. The party is distributing a survey on the issue.
No Republicans are running for Maine attorney general
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republicans don't plan to offer up a candidate for Maine's top law enforcement official, which leaves Democrats enjoying newfound control over the Statehouse to duke it out behind closed doors in the nation's only attorney general race decided by lawmakers.
Eyeing White House, Cory Booker introduces himself to Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cory Booker is not being subtle.
The Iowa caucuses are well over a year away, but the New Jersey senator is working overtime to make an impression in Iowa and in other states that will be crucial to winning the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
The Latest: Dem leaders limit White House nomination role
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Democrats and the role of party insiders known as superdelegates in picking a presidential nominee at conventions (all times local):
It's taken two years of sometimes ugly public fighting, but Democratic Party leaders have now acted to limit their own high-profile roles in choosing presidential nominees. The decision gives even more weight to the outcome of state primaries and caucuses.
Democrats OK limiting party leaders’ role in picking nominee
CHICAGO (AP) — After two years of sometimes ugly public fighting, Democratic Party leaders on Saturday voted to limit their own high-profile roles in choosing presidential nominees, giving even more weight to the outcome of state primaries and caucuses.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is planning his third trip of the year to Iowa just weeks after traveling to the Hawkeye State as he explores a possible 2020 presidential campaign.
The Democrat is heading to the Iowa State Fair later this month. The fair typically draws presidential hopefuls because of Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican legislative leaders have a message for some more conservative party members who formed their own caucus: you're either in or you're out.
The leaders sent a memo this month to Republican lawmakers and candidates saying they must sign an agreement to belong exclusively to the existing GOP caucus in each chamber if they want to join.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a Utah law overhauling how political parties nominate candidates, dealing another blow to the state's Republican Party, whose multi-year legal challenge divided the deep-red state's majority party and left it in heavy debt.
Abdi Mohamed is a Republican Trump voter with a red “Make America Great Again” hat to prove it, and he is a practicing Muslim.
Born in a Kenyan refugee camp, he now considers himself an American patriot: “It’s a beacon the world can look toward as a shining example,” said Mohamed, who caucused with Republicans in February and wants to help the party reach more Muslim-American voters.
The response from a small but vocal group of party activists, candidates and elected officials: No thanks.
Voters ‘willing to Listen and Discuss’ As Longmont Democrats, Republicans Gather to Caucus
While Democrats and Republicans may disagree on a wide range of policy issues, voters gathered for caucuses Tuesday evening in Longmont generally agreed on a couple of things: Members of both of the major political parties called for more participation in the electoral process and less divisiveness in political discourse.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado voters are taking the first step to decide which major party candidates get to the June 26 primaries.
Republicans and Democrats gather at caucuses across the state Tuesday night.
They'll choose delegates backing candidates for state, congressional and local office. The results are non-binding — but they're considered a measure of candidates' strength and momentum.
State Republicans don't hold a straw poll in non-presidential election years.
Dems, GOP Urge Party Members to Attend Tuesday Night’s Precinct Caucuses
Information about Colorado Democrats' and Republicans' Tuesday night neighborhood precinct caucuses, and the county, congressional district and state assemblies that will be held in subsequent weeks, can be found on those parties' county and state websites, including:
Once upon a time in Minnesota, there was a former governor who wanted his old job back. He had lived elsewhere and had been paid a handsome private-sector salary for years; his party had another candidate in mind; precinct caucuses were past and the calendar was edging toward spring but none of that deterred him. He was sure he could convince the voters to take him back, and sure that he could make them glad they did.
Walz’s advantage may be larger than it appeared on caucus night; DFL’s greater Minnesota problem
U.S. Rep. Tim Walzs victory in the recent caucus straw poll may have been bigger than it appeared, from a delegate perspective. Heres some data compiled by a DFL operative close to the gubernatorial campaign: Walz won 88 organizing units; State Auditor Rebecca Otto, 21; Rep. Erin Murphy, 5; former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, 2; other candidates, none.
Colorado Republicans, Boulder County Democrats Can Pre-register for March 6 Caucuses
What: Information about Colorado Democrats' and Republicans' March 6 neighborhood precinct caucuses, and the county, congressional district and state assemblies that will be held in subsequent weeks, will be posted and updated on those parties' county and state websites, which include:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson on Tuesday won a non-binding straw poll during lightly attended GOP precinct caucuses in Olmsted County, officially kicking off the start of a weighty political season.
Johnson, who lost the 2014 governor's race, garnered 138 votes, more than twice the vote total of any other candidate. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty was not in the poll, although he is said to be considering a campaign to reclaim the governor's seat.
Winona County follows statewide trends in Tuesday’s precinct caucuses
Tuesday’s precinct caucuses received lopsided turnout between the parties, both in Winona County and across the state.
Winona County also followed state trends in the preference ballots for candidates for governor, with the county’s Democratic-Farm-Labor Party voting for U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Mankato, by a large margin, while Republicans did the same with Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner who was also the party’s nominee for governor in 2014.
Minnesota Rep. Paul Thissen said Wednesday he is dropping out of the governors race after finishing last in the straw poll at party caucuses the night before.
The former state House speakers departure shrinks the field of DFL contenders to five.
I know from experience that so much of life is not just working hard, but is also being in the right place at the right time, Thissen said in a statement. Now is not the right time for my candidacy.
Thissen exits Dem governor’s race after poor caucus showing
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State Rep. Paul Thissen (TEE'-sen) is dropping out of the governor's race after a poor showing in Tuesday night's caucuses.
Thissen, a former House speaker, was part of a crowded field of Democrats hoping to succeed Gov. Mark Dayton.
But he finished at the bottom of a six-candidate field in the caucus straw poll, well behind U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, the leader with most caucuses reporting.
Johnson, Walz get gubernatorial boost from caucus voting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota voters crowned Democratic Rep. Tim Walz and 2014 GOP nominee Jeff Johnson their parties' front-runners for governor Tuesday, as preference polls at precinct caucuses provided the first glimpse at the wide-open race.
The Latest: Johnson gets boost with strong GOP caucus finish
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota's precinct caucuses (all times local):
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is the clear winner of a preference poll of Republican candidates for governor.
The 2014 GOP nominee's campaign got a boost from Tuesday's caucus voting. Johnson won more than 45 percent of the vote in the caucus straw poll, according to unofficial results tallied by the Republican Party.