Elections

  • Myanmar moots changing constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

    Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution -- which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president -- ahead of elections next year, an official said Friday. "They agreed to discuss the issue of amending the constitution in parliament, according…

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  • Landrieu revisits Hurricane Katrina in Senate race

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Six years ago, Sen. Mary Landrieu's effort to draw billions of dollars in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina helped keep her in office for a third Senate term.

    Associated Press
  • Illinois Dems dig deep to keep governor's office

    CHICAGO (AP) — At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year's race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large…

    Associated Press
  • How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

    The Associated Press-GfK poll on issues in the midterm elections was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 16-20. It is based on online interviews of 1,608 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

    Associated Press
  • AP PHOTOS: Small Alaska town welcomes big politics

    PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — When U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his Republican challenger Dan Sullivan greet cheering supporters in downtown Anchorage on Election Night, their thoughts may turn to days of boots-on-the-ground campaigning in more unforgiving and far-flung parts of this remote and rugged…

    Associated Press
  • Juppé's star rises amid French leadership void

    By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - He has a criminal record for corruption and as prime minister in the 1990s caused France's worst unrest since May 1968 with a failed austerity push. Two decades on, opinion polls show he is the country's most respected politician in office. Forget Nicolas Sarkozy:…

    Reuters
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  • Big money crops up in small elections in the United States

    By Andy Sullivan ARVADA Colorado (Reuters) - Political groups that took advantage of loosened campaign-finance rules spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. This year, they're cropping up in state and local races as well. Wealthy individuals and interest groups…

    Reuters
  • Christie hopes for 'big, fat blowout' for Branstad

    BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sought to give a final boost to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's re-election bid on Thursday night, saying he's got his fingers crossed for a blowout.

    Associated Press
  • Kansas State football coach endorses Sen. Roberts

    Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder on Thursday endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent, potentially giving the GOP a boost in a race with national implications. The spot came with a final crush of…

    The Associated Press
  • Obama rallies Maine voters, avoids spat over Ebola

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday rallied for a Democrat to become Maine's next governor while keeping his distance from the state's bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and a nurse who has defied them.

    Associated Press
  • Mozambique elects Nyusi as new president

    Mozambique has elected Filipe Nyusi of the governing Frelimo party as the next president, the National Electoral Commission said Thursday in announcing final results of polls two weeks ago. The former defence minister won 57 percent of the vote in the southern African nation -- sharply down on…

    AFP
  • A right-leaning donor is spending big against Sandra Fluke’s state senate campaign

    Sandra Fluke, the lawyer and women's rights activist who won national fame for her advocacy of birth control coverage, is running for a state Senate seat in Los Angeles County, California this cycle. It's unusual for so much outside money to pour into a state Senate race Paul Blumenthal of the…

    Vox.com
  • Botswana MPs baulk at president tapping brother as VP

    Botswana's freshly elected MPs will be sworn in on Thursday, as a constitutional row broke out over suspicions that President Ian Khama is trying to create a "dynasty" by naming his brother as Vice President. Khama, who won a second term in office last week, has demanded that parliamentarians vote…

    AFP
  • College Football and Tuesday's Elections

    It is time! November 1!Big Saturday (college football) before Big Tuesday (mid-term elections)!Political/Football fans may recall my column a few months ago when I reported research suggesting that winning or losing a big college football game the weekend right before the big election seemed to…

    Huffington Post
  • Wisconsin candidate rejects claim Trek fired her

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and her brother on Wednesday rejected a claim by a former top Trek executive that she was fired from her job at the family company, calling it "character ...

    Associated Press
  • Why Women Are the Supervoters in This Year's Midterm Elections

    Women across the country do amazing and powerful things every day, but we have a special superpower right now: Our votes.You've probably sensed this. It seems like every day there's a new headline about the importance of women voters. We're in the middle of a "war" over women voters. Parties are…

    Huffington Post
  • If You Liked the World Series, You Should Love the Electoral College

    Each state contest in a national election is like a game in the Series—winner takes all

    BusinessWeek