RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Elections says nearly 28,000 people registered to vote during a brief extension of the state's voter-registration deadline.

A federal judge granted the deadline's extension Thursday after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online. U.S. Senior Judge Claude Hilton had ordered officials to reopen voter registration in the commonwealth and keep it open until 11:59 p.m. Friday.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate said she will respect the decision of the state's voters on Election Day.

Del. Kathy Szeliga was asked Thursday about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments during the third presidential debate that he might not accept election results. Trump had said in the days leading up to Wednesday night's debate that the election would be "rigged."

Szeliga says voter fraud exists, but she said "preemptively assuming the election is fixed only further erodes people's trust in our democracy."

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The two candidates for governor in Delaware clashed last night during a debate.

Republican state senator Colin Bonini said that he represented the change that was needed to deal with the state’s challenges – especially when it comes to budgetary issues.

“And the issue here is giving the political freedom to accomplish things. And it means picking fights with people you don’t want to pick fights with. And I think we need a sort of street fighter governor.”

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was among those being considered by Hillary Clinton to be her running mate.

McAuliffe was among nearly 40 elected officials, military leaders and corporate CEOs considered in the spring for the vice presidential nominee by the Clinton campaign. The list was included among hacked emails from Clinton's campaign chairman disclosed by WikiLeaks.

McAuliffe is a friend of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Clinton ultimately chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who was also on the list.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican state delegate wants Virginia's head elections official replaced ahead of Election Day.

Del. Tim Hugo said at a Capitol hearing Thursday that Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes isn't up for the job and his department is letting down the state's local officials who run elections.

Hugo's comments came after several county election registrars complained about the state's shoddy I.T. infrastructure and officials in Cortes' office being unresponsive to their requests for help.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The nasty campaign for the White House is playing out in the race to replace retiring five-term Sen. Barbara Mikulski in Maryland. The two leading candidates are trying to inject their opponent with the "poisonous" air at the top of the ticket.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is starting a three-day swing through western Maryland a few weeks before Election Day.

His schedule includes breakfast Thursday in Hagerstown with Republican congressional candidate Amie (AH'-mee) Hoeber, followed by a cabinet meeting at the downtown Maryland Theatre.

Hoeber's bid to unseat Rep. John Delaney is considered the most competitive House race among Maryland's eight congressional districts.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's presidential campaign has fired its Virginia chairman after he led a protest at GOP headquarters complaining that the party establishment was undercutting its nominee.

At a protest Monday outside Republican National Committee headquarters, Corey Stewart referred to the Republican establishment as "pukes" who were thwarting Trump by reallocating campaign funds to congressional races instead of the presidential campaign.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to endorse Dr. Mark Plaster, who is running for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.

The two Republicans plan to take a tour of downtown Annapolis on Tuesday morning.

They plan to visit businesses on Main Street and near the City Dock.

Plaster is a physician, lawyer and small-business owner. He started a modest publishing company with his wife about 30 years ago. His campaign says it's become an international medical publishing company.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, whose attempt at a comeback fell short when she lost the primary to regain her old job, is expected to run as a write-in candidate for the post.

Dixon, a Democrat who resigned as mayor in 2010 after an embezzlement conviction, said on her Facebook page Monday that she would have a live announcement Tuesday morning. She added the hashtags (hash)DixonForMayor2016 and (hash)WriteHerIn.

Dixon tells WJZ-TV that she wants to do what's best for Baltimore.


Gee Williams has won an overwhelming landslide in his reelection bid for another term as Mayor of Berlin.

Williams racked up 588 votes compared to his rival Lisa Hall’s 137.

WBOC reports that Williams began his involvement with town government with a seat on the city council in 2003.

He ascended to the Mayor’s office in 2008 with the death of then-Mayor Tom Cardinale.

Hall who decided not to seek another term on the city council has been succeeded by Zachery Tyndall who beat his rival Jack Orris 185 votes to 116 in District 2.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials project the cost of handling elections this year will reach $3 million.
Media outlets report that much of that money is spent on personnel and transporting voting machines.
Officials say the job is never easy or cheap despite the fact that Delaware has only three counties.
Besides the general election in November, Delaware held its presidential primary in April. A statewide primary is scheduled for Sept. 13. There are other local contests as well.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is set to help raise money for Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  that Walker, who briefly ran for president, will attend a fundraiser for Gillespie next month at a private home in Northern Virginia.

Donations are expected to be as high as $25,000.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former federal prosecutor with no experience in Virginia politics plans to run for lieutenant governor in 2017.

Gene Rossi, a Democrat, recently told the Washington Post that he plans to make a formal campaign announcement later this month.

Rossi worked for 27 years at the Justice Department and said if elected he would focus on sentencing reform and helping former prisoners.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is scheduled to address the National Urban League.

Kaine is slated to speak Thursday morning at the group's "Save Our Cities" summit in Baltimore.

The Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns were invited to speak at the conference. Republican Donald Trump's campaign declined an invitation to speak.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says it will move quickly to ensure thousands of felons hoping to cast ballots in November's election will be able to vote.

McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said Monday that the administration expects by the end of this week to restore the voting rights of the roughly 13,000 felons who registered to vote under the Democratic governor's April executive order.

Virginia's Supreme Court struck down that order Friday, saying governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former attorney general Doug Gansler says he's being asked to consider running against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018.

Gansler tells The Baltimore Sun  he's being asked to run "pretty much every day." Gansler says Democrats are "looking around for the most viable candidate to beat the governor."

Gansler says he isn't ruling out another run for public office. But he says he's not currently organizing a campaign.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - If Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, she'll be getting a steady, well-practiced politician.
Laine is a whip-smart Harvard Law School graduate who speaks with ease while campaigning, rarely needing a prepared text. He is the former governor of Virginia and current senator from the state.
His remarks at Virginia Tech the day after one of the worst campus shootings in modern U.S. history won wide praise.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Rep. John Carney, Delaware's sole representative in the U.S. House, is officially running for governor.

Carney, who has served in Congress since 2011, filed his candidacy papers Monday, one day before the deadline.

Kevin Tinsley of Camden, a political unknown, also filed candidacy papers Monday, setting up a possible primary contest against Carney. But elections officials said Tinsley also left signed withdrawal papers and indicated that he may withdraw from the race later this week.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A special three-judge panel is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging Maryland's congressional districts map.

The case being heard Tuesday was filed in June 2015 and argues that Maryland's map violates the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit seeks to have the maps, which were redrawn in 2011, declared unconstitutional.

The hearing in federal court in Baltimore is a result of a U.S. Supreme Court case decided late last year. The case said that certain cases can't be thrown out by a single judge but must first be heard by a three-judge panel.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Republican nominee for Baltimore mayor says he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and will undergo surgery next week.
Alan Walden announced over the weekend in an email to supporters that he will undergo surgery Tuesday. The 80-year-old former WBAL-AM anchor says he is encouraged by doctors' prognosis for a full recovery, but he will be off the campaign trail for about a month.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are trying to make it easier to sign residents up to vote.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that starting this month residents will be able to apply electronically for voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle service centers and mobile offices.

Residents have been able to apply to register to vote at DMV locations since 1996. They currently have to fill out a paper application, which is then sent to the Department of Elections.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam now has the official backing of the Democratic Party's top state officials for his 2017 gubernatorial bid.

Northam's campaign said Saturday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Attorney General Mark Herring have all endorsed the lieutenant governor.

Herring announced last year he would run for re-election and not pursue the Executive Mansion.

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Council member LaVerne Johnson was re-elected with 216 votes in Crisfield yesterday.

But WBOC reports that the other contest on the city council was too close to call.

In that race the pastor of a local church Barbara Ward was ahead with 157 votes to Karen Lawson who had 150.

Irving Saltz trailed with 18 votes.

There are 15 provisional ballots still let to be counted this afternoon.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel is scheduled to get a briefing on election-related problems concerning April's primary.

The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee is set to meet Tuesday morning in Annapolis.

The panel will hear from state and local election administrators about the state's April 26 primary. They will discuss problems that arose in some jurisdictions, including Baltimore.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are asking the state's highest court to block more than 200,000 convicted felons from voting in November.

GOP leaders argue in a lawsuit that they are filing in the Virginia Supreme Court on Monday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order violates the separation of powers by effectively suspending the state's ban on felons.

They say governors can restore voting rights only on a case-by-case basis.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A unanimous Supreme Court has dismissed a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia.
The justices on Monday left in place a decision by a lower court that said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.
Republican members of Congress wanted the court to reinstate the districting map. But the justices ruled that the elected officials did not have the right to challenge the court ruling.

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Princess Anne apparently misstated the filing date for the upcoming municipal elections in June.

They told the media that the filing deadline was May 17 but it was actually the 9th.

Town Commission president Garland Hayward told the Salisbury Daily Times that has led town officials reject a candidate who filed on May 11th.

The contested seats are for districts 1 and 2.

The mistake follows the arrest of the at-large town commissioner Lionel Frederick who has been charged with extortion in an electoral bribery scheme.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia residents are rushing to register to vote ahead of the November election.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that nearly 35 percent more Virginia residents registered to vote in the first three months of 2016 compared to the same period four years ago. That's according to data from the Virginia Department of Elections.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman's obituary says she chose death over voting in the upcoming presidential election.

The obituary published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and on a funeral home's website reads, "Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God."

Her husband, Jim Noland, tells WWBT-TV that she died at 68 on Sunday following a long battle with lung cancer.