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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Republican congressional candidates in Virginia are trying to mollify the pro-Trump and anti-Trump wings in their party as political pundits say Democrats' chances of picking up multiple seats in the commonwealth are increasing.

The GOP currently controls eight of Virginia's 11 House seats. Handicappers say Democrats' prospects are increasing as Hillary Clinton has built a wide lead over Donald Trump in Virginia.

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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) - Donald Trump's campaign is planning to spend more than $2 million on TV ads in Virginia, a signal that it continues to view the Old Dominion has a competitive swing state.

The GOP presidential nominee also announced Monday a new state "leadership team" of current and former elected officials, including several Republicans who have aspirations to run for statewide office in 2017.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A new poll shows Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead over Donald Trump in Virginia.

The survey released Sunday by Christopher Newport University has Clinton leading Trump by 15 percentage points in a state that once reliably voted Republican in presidential elections.

The poll of 809 likely Virginia voters was conducted last week, after the release of a video in which Trump can be heard using sexually predatory language.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan didn't have to rethink his opinion on Donald Trump after the Republican presidential nominee was heard on tape using sexually predatory language.
Hogan first said in February that he didn't support Trump, and in June he confirmed that he wouldn't vote for him. He said Wednesday that "certainly the most recent comments haven't made me change my positions about him."
Hogan added, "It seems a lot of fellow Republicans are coming around to that same position, but mine hasn't changed. I've been consistent from day one."

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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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As many as a 100 million viewers were expected to watch the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump.

A PPP poll found that 51 percent believe Clinton won the debate while 40 percent believed Trump bested the contest.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that its poll of debate watchers that was weighted toward Democrats found 62 percent thought Clinton beat Trump with 27 percent.

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Governor Jack Markell is getting into presidential campaign mode.

The Delaware Democrat will be in Ohio to stump for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tomorrow.

Markell and top Democrats endorsed Clinton early in the primary season as she faced off against Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt).

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he was on hand in April to introduce her during a campaign stop in Wilmington.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are trying to block Gov. Terry McAuliffe's latest effort to restore voting rights to thousands of felons who've completed their sentences.

Top Republican lawmakers say in a contempt motion filed Wednesday that McAuliffe is violating the Virginia Supreme Court's order that he restore the rights on a case-by-case basis.

The court in July invalidated McAuliffe's sweeping executive order to restore the rights of more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says Governor Larry Hogan is popular for such a Blue state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the state official after last week's summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons after his previous attempt was blocked by the state's Supreme Court.

McAuliffe's announcement Monday came nearly a month after the court ruled that governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis. That ruling invalidated a previous executive order that had restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences.


The presidential campaigns are now of the gate as their national party conventions disappear and the Labor Day jump off point looms on the horizon. So, what did we learn from these confabs as the candidates joust their way to the finish line? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill suggests that it is the myths of the parties that will capture the soul of the voter.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the names that now headline the Democratic and Republican presidential tickets. But, Dr. Jill Stein, who is running for the Green Party nomination, says she found a good deal of support when she stopped by the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. Indeed, she says, many of the supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders flocked to her after their candidate lost out to Clinton. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Stein after the convention to talk about her experience and proposals.


It's Hillary Clinton's big night, as she prepares to become the first woman to accept the nomination for president by a major party.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Lydia York, a Clinton delegate from New Castle, about her reaction to the historic moment and what she wants to hear from the nominee tonight.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop says many of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine's views conflict with "well-established Catholic teachings."

Kaine, a Catholic, was chosen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's running mate Friday.

Bishop Thomas Tobin in a Facebook post Saturday took issue with Kaine's positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions and the ordination of women. Tobin says it's apparent Kaine's faith is not "central to his public, political life."

His spokeswoman said Monday he had nothing to add.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is planning to make a campaign stop in Virginia.

Trump's campaign and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, are expected to hold a town hall event on Monday at the Hotel Roanoke & Convention Center.

The event will begin at 3 p.m.

Trump's visit to the crucial swing state comes on the heels of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's announcement Friday that she chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.


OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The owner of Ocean Aerial Ads will pull political banners supporting Donald Trump after a series of complaints.

Media outlets report that the ads, which flew on banner planes for only one day, allegedly read "Stop Mad Cow Disease ... Stop Hillary" and "America First. Build That Wall."


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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Congressman Andy Harris says he will not only support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump he will campaign for him.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during a town hall meeting in Fruitland on Wednesday he told the crowd that he particularly likes Trump’s choices for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Eastern Shore Republican’s endorsement follows on the heels of a decision by the top GOP official in the state Governor Larry Hogan who said he would not endorse or vote for Trump.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Hillary Clinton has scheduled a campaign stop in Virginia's Hampton Roads area.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's campaign made the announcement Saturday.

Clinton will be in Virginia on Tuesday, June 21.

Her campaign says Clinton will "discuss her vision of an America that is stronger when it is united, and lay out what is at stake in November."

She also will be stopping in North Carolina that day, before heading to the Columbus, Ohio, area the next day.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor announced his support for Clinton Thursday. "I am committing my energies to the election of Secretary Clinton," he said in a statement. "The stakes in this election could not be higher, and the choice is clear."

Clinton declared victory over rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, having captured the number of delegates needed to become the first female nominee from a major party.

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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.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Virginia say they plan to file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's action allowing more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November.
GOP leaders announced Monday that they have hired an attorney and will contest the governor's executive order, which restored the rights of felons to vote, run for office and sit on a jury.
Republicans have called the governor's action a political ploy designed to help his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton win votes in November.

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How are Millennials voting? Delmarva Public Radio's Timothy Young took a survey as they went to the polls in Maryland.

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The voting is over and the presidential front runners came out the winners last night.

Donald Trump swept the primary states while Clinton won four including Maryland and Delaware.

In Maryland Clinton overwhelmed Senator Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 33 percent while Trump trounced his rivals picking up 54 percent of the vote.

In Delaware Clinton beat Sanders by 60 percent to 39 percent while Trump won 61 percent of the vote.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Worcester County last night with a packed crowd in the Stephen Decatur High School gym. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush filed this report.

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to victory in the Virginia presidential primary yesterday.

Trump edged out his rivals with 34% of the vote to Senator Marco Rubio who came in with 31%.

Senator Ted Cruz picked up 16%.

On the Democratic side Clinton won an overwhelming victory with 63% of the vote to Senator Bernie Sanders who received 35%.

Elections officials said that turnout in Virginia's Republican presidential primary was substantially higher than it was in 2008, the last primary in which no incumbents were running.

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With Virginians set to cast their ballots in today’s primary election Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are leading in the public opinion polls.

On the Democratic side Clinton outdistances Senator Bernie Sanders by 20 points.

Trump leads the pack with his nearest rival Senator Marco Rubio behind by 13 points.

All of this according to a CBS News/You Gov poll.

At stake for the GOP are 49 delegates while Democrats are vying for 95 delegates.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Maryland Democratic congressman and former head of the NAACP Kweisi Mfume has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, her campaign says.

The Clinton campaign announced Mfume's endorsement in a news release on Monday.

Mfume says Clinton has a track record of working for everyday people, especially on issues important to the African American and Latino communities.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia residents donated at least $7.2 million to presidential candidates last year.

The Virginia Public Access Project says that Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush took in the most cash from Virginians in 2015.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Clinton received nearly $2.9 million and Bush got nearly $1.3 million.