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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss.  — Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy announced Tuesday that he's running again for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, setting up a 2020 rematch of a race that churned up the state's painful racist history. "I can and will do...
NASHVILLE — Tennessee activist Justin Jones has filed to run against Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in the upcoming 2020 primary election. According to the Federal Election Commission, Jones filed to run for the Nashville congressional seat on Monday. Jones did not immediately return multiple requests for comment. The 24-year-old black activist...
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By JILL COLVIN, ERRIN HAINES and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press ATLANTA — During the 2016 campaign, candidate Donald Trump stood in front of largely white crowds and asked black voters to consider, "What the hell do you have to lose?" Four years later, the president has a new message for black...
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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans strengthened their dominance in Mississippi by keeping the governorship and picking up the last remaining statewide office that has been held by a Democrat. Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood in the...
By BILL BARROW, Associated Press Gubernatorial and legislative elections in four states Tuesday will test voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble. Results in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia won't necessarily predict whether Trump will be reelected or...
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Is presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s sexual orientation preventing him from having a real chance with Black voters? South Carolina congressman Jim Clyburn thinks so. On Sunday, CNN’s Dana Bash asked the lawmaker if he thought the South Bend, Ind., mayor’s being gay is why he’s been polling so low among...
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For all eight years of his presidency, Barack Obama was the epitome of class and grace, ever speaking to how to bring opposing sides to common ground, whether during a beer summit or in offering a hand to recalcitrant Republicans. Now, the nation’s forever president is calling out...
The window for early voting in the Memphis City Council Runoff Election for District 7 had been open about five hours when candidate Michalyn Easter-Thomas and a bevy of supporters made a move crafted to thrust her toward a victory over incumbent Berlin Boyd. The move was a press conference...
Early voting for runoff elections for Memphis City Council District 1 and District 7 is now underway. Meanwhile, Shelby County Election Commission officials are scrambling to get more voters added to their roll while local advocacy groups are pushing to get more voters to the polls. Early voting extends through November...
Election Day is upon us! Polls open at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 for Memphis Municipal elections -- in which we'll find out who the newest members of the City Council will be, as well as whether incumbent Mayor Jim Strickland will keep his job, or whether he'll be...