WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans held onto their slim Senate majority, a stinging blow to Democrats in a night full of them. Democrats had been nearly certain of retaking control but saw their hopes fizzle as endangered GOP incumbents won in Missouri, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and even Democ…

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As I look upon the 2016 election for president and vice president, I realize how little the American public knows about the process of electing our nation’s chief executives.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is trying to steady a shaky campaign as President Barack Obama, enjoying a burst of momentum, heads to New York for a celebrity fundraiser with Beyoncé and Jay-Z and a star turn on David Letterman's couch.

Fundraising reports filed this past week show that Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jason Kander now has more cash on hand than all three of his Republican opponents combined.

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is moving away from his preferred issue — the economy — and into military and foreign policy, a realm usually viewed as the home turf of the incumbent.

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The deadly shooting spree in Colorado consumed the presidential campaign Friday, sidetracking a bitter political contest with a tragedy that at least temporarily brought the candidates together in common purpose. "There are going to be other days for politics," a somber President Barack Obama said.

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Franklin County Commissioners Tuesday approved the purchase of electronic poll books for the use in future elections, making the county one of the first to adopt a proprietary iPad application-based system developed by a St. Louis-based company.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court upheld the state's new congressional districts Friday, finally providing certainty for candidates who have been campaigning for the August primary elections without knowing whether certain counties, cities or neighborhoods ultimately woul…

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Any good politician knows the importance of finding common ground with a local audience The shout-out seems so natural when done right. And so cringe-worthy when flubbed. AP's Nancy Benac explores a few recent attempts. (May 14)

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While the debate over gay marriage lingers, the election focus is shifting back to the economy as campaign teams for President Obama and Mitt Romney trade barbs. (May 14) Subscribe to the Associated Press: http://bit.ly/APYouTube Download AP Mobile: http://www.ap.org/mobile/ Associated Pr…

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's secretary of state says Hawaii's verification of President Barack Obama's birth records meets necessary requirements and that the president's name will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall.

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President Barack Obama declared unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, becoming the first president to endorse the politically explosive idea and injecting a polarizing issue into the 2012 race for the White House.

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During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday night, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained his email endorsing Mitt Romney. (May 9)

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U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar was ousted Tuesday by a tea party-backed challenger in Indiana's Republican primary, abruptly ending his nearly four-decade career as one of Indiana's best-known and popular politicians. (May 8) Subscribe to the Associated Press: http://bit.ly/APYouTube Download AP…

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Whichever Democrat wins Tuesday's recall primary in Wisconsin will have only a short four weeks to make the closing argument that Republican Gov. Scott Walker should be booted from office after 16 contentious months on the job.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The elections that drove Nicholas Sarkozy out of power in France and left Greece scrambling to build a coalition government pose a financial threat to the United States that could undermine President Barack Obama's efforts to cast himself as the agent of a U.S. economic revival.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — With Ron Paul forces at the reins, the Maine Republican Convention elected nearly all of the slate supporting the Texas congressman at the GOP national convention during a chaotic, two-day state convention that ended Sunday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election team plans to spend $25 million on advertising this month, a dramatic escalation of its media presence in a handful of states that could determine the outcome on Nov. 6.

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His opponent now clear, President Obama is set to officially hit the campaign trail, though Republicans complain he's already been in re-election mode for months. (April 26) Subscribe to the Associated Press: http://bit.ly/APYouTube Download AP Mobile: http://www.ap.org/mobile/ Associated…

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This year's primaries, the General Services Administration scandal, even the Secret Service and Donald Trump were targets for President Barack Obama's scattershot humor at Saturday night's White House Correspondents Dinner. (April 28)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For the better part of a year, Mitt Romney has tethered himself to an array of positions designed for the Republican presidential primaries, stances that put him to the right of where he's been through much of his career and raise questions about where he really wants to go…

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Marco Rubio? Chris Christie? Rob Portman? With Mitt Romney the almost certain Republican nominee, all focus is on his search for a running mate. The AP's Kelly Daschle takes a look at who Romney might be eyeing. (April 24)}

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