Nevada Democrats to offer about 80 early caucus locations
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Democratic Party will have about 80 locations open for four days of early voting in the presidential caucuses next year, the party announced Monday.
Harris says Iowa’s caucuses can prove she’s electable
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris told Iowa voters on Sunday that they can help refute questions about her electability if they support her in the...
Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates made a colorful and often loud pitch to Iowa Democrats at the Steak Fry fundraiser in Des Moines on Saturday as a new poll showed...
Trump’s GOP challengers say canceling primaries is a mistake
WASHINGTON (AP) — The three Republican challengers to President Donald Trump say it's a mistake for the party to cancel primaries ahead of the 2020 election.
Arizona GOP scraps 2020 presidential primary
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans told state election officials Monday they're scrapping their 2020 primary, joining GOP leaders in three other states that are forgoing a presidential nominating...
Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers
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Here's what the Democratic National Committee doesn't understand about the Iowa caucuses
Some Americans see the Iowa caucuses as the cockroaches...
Nevada GOP scraps presidential nominating contests in 2020
WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Republican Party officials have re-elected their incumbent chairman and scrapped their presidential nominating contests in 2020.
Nevada, SC, Kansas GOP drop presidential nomination votes
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long-shot candidates...
DNC chairman effectively kills plans for virtual caucuses
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats' plans for virtual presidential caucuses in Iowa and Nevada are effectively dead as the national party chairman said Friday the results would be vulnerable to...
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...
Nevada GOP could let Trump bypass its nominating caucuses
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...
Iowa, Nevada to launch caucus voting by phone for 2020
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'...
Maine moves toward presidential primaries with ranked voting
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...
Maine moves toward presidential primaries with ranked voting
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...
Kansas Democrats planning ranked-choice presidential primary
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats plan to have voters rank candidates rather than pick only one in a presidential primary set for May 2020.
Iowa Democrats warn that Kamala Harris’ ‘star is fading’
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...
Maine could ditch caucuses, move to presidential primaries
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...
In mostly white Iowa, black Dems poised to play a 2020 role
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...
2020 hopeful Bullock gets endorsed by Iowa attorney general
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.
Minnesota’s presidential primary may impact 2020 election
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...
2020 candidates target college campuses, court young voters
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...
Washington Democrats to use results of presidential primary
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...
Alaska Democrats look to swap caucuses with primary for 2020
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Democrats have proposed swapping their long-standing caucus system with a primary to determine state-level support for Democratic presidential...
Beto O’Rourke hires Iowa caucus architect as state tactician
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...
Biden team views Iowa as crucial to securing 2020 nomination
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...
Nevada Democrats release plan for 2020 presidential caucuses
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...
Nevada Democrats propose early voting for 2020 caucuses
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.
Appeals court rules against Utah GOP, upholds nominating law
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.
Minnesota Republicans fight among themselves about Islam
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.