Election Center 2020

There a number of local, state and federal races this year that voters will decide on.



The Road to 2020: SWGA

  Voters weigh in, elect new Ga. District 13 senator

After heading into a runoff, a new Georgia District 13 senator has been elected.

  Thomas Co. early voting begins in a new elections office

Early voting for the presidential primary election began Monday in Thomas County.

  Business owner Michael Revell hopes to bring change to Leesburg as next mayor

“Being involved in the community. I went to a board meeting and saw our council meeting and saw how that was set up and wasn’t impressed and thought instead of complaining about that what can I do to be a part of the solution? And so that’s where we’re at now.”

  Former Leesburg councilman Billy Breeden vying for mayor’s seat

“We’ve been putting out signs and haven’t quite started knocking on doors yet but we’ve been putting out and calling people we know and asking them can we put a sign in their yard.”

  Tabulation audit done on votes for Ga. Senate District 13 race

A tabulation audit was done Monday on votes for the State Senate District 13 race.

  Ga. District 13 Senate race heads to runoff

A special election race for a Southwest Georgia Senate district will be heading to a runoff after Tuesday’s votes were counted.

  New voting machines to help with voter security

If you voted in the Georgia Senate District 13 special election Tuesday, you used the brand new voting machines.

  Votes are in and a new District 171 Ga. House representative has been elected

Results are in for the District 171 Georgia House of Representatives seat after Rep. Jay Powell passed away in late November during a legislative retreat.

  Mary Egler, only Democratic candidate, running for Ga. Senate seat

“Basically, I would have to find out what are the top main issues in each county and meet with the people and discuss them and get to know what’s going on."

  Former Leesburg Mayor Jim Quinn runs for Senate District 13 seat

“The session will already be going by the time we get up there but it’s economic development, its growth to South Georgia, education, health care its all the key topics."

Business owner, farmer Carden Summers hopes for Senate seat win

“We need to work on our tax position. We need to get our fair share from Atlanta. We need to quit sending unfunded mandates down on the county level making people have to pay for things that just come from Atlanta.”

  Teacher of almost 30 years runs for mayor of Sylvester

Sylvester native and educator for nearly 30 years, Johnny Blake, is running for mayor.

  Former Sylvester councilman runs for mayor

The former Sylvester Ward 3 councilman and current mayor pro-tem, Charles Jones, is running for mayor of Sylvester.

Special election set for District 171 seat

The special election will be Jan. 28 for the district, which includes parts of Colquitt, Decatur and Mitchell counties. A run-off, if needed, will be Feb. 25.

Scott James Matheson named next Valdosta Mayor

It’s official -- Valdosta has a new mayor.

The Road to 2020: National

  US cities brace for coronavirus spread; Spain’s hospitals at breaking point

The top infectious-disease expert in the United States warned that smaller U.S. cities are about to witness the rapid acceleration in coronavirus cases that New York is seeing.

  NY Rep. Velazquez tests positive for COVID-19

New York Rep. Nydia Velázquez stood within feet of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic and Republican leaders at a signing ceremony after the bill was passed.

New Trump mileage standards to gut Obama climate effort

President Donald Trump is expected to relax ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards and raise the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come, gutting one of the United States' single-biggest efforts against climate change.

  Wall Street pushes higher, led by surging health care stocks

The relatively tentative moves in the market follow last week’s stellar performance, where the S&P 500 surged 10.2% for its biggest weekly gain since the market hit bottom in 2009 following the financial crisis.

  At least 130 test positive for coronavirus at Tenn. nursing home, including 2 deaths

At least 130 people, including staff members and residents, have tested positive. At least two people have died from COVID-19.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded the alarm about what was coming — and already here.

  Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of coronavirus pandemic

Mariners aboard ballistic submarines are habitually spared bad news while underwater to avoid undermining their morale, say current and former officers who served aboard France's nuclear-armed subs.

  Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast

President Donald Trump, claiming the company wasn't moving fast enough, on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act, which gives the government broad authority to direct companies to meet national defense needs.

Trump says US won’t pay for Meghan and Harry’s security

U.S. President Donald Trump has offered his opinion on the future of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, insisting the United States government won’t pay for the couple’s security if they live in the United States.

  Iran defends virus response as Syria reports first death

Iran's president on Sunday lashed out at criticism of authorities' lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, saying the government has to weigh economic concerns as it takes measures to contain the pandemic.

  Coronavirus makes it harder for campaigns to ask for money

With a recession potentially on the horizon, there's a question of whether wealthy donors are in a giving mood and whether grassroots supporters who chip in small amounts will still have the wherewithal to keep at it.

North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about coronavirus

In recent weeks, North Korea has fired a slew of missiles and artillery shells into the sea in an apparent effort to upgrade its military capability amid deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States.

  Trump seeks to force GM to produce ventilators; Infections worldwide top 590,000

Italy, with by far the most deaths from COVID-19, surpassed China and the U.S. to also record the most infections in the world. With numbers rising in the U.S., though, the grim distinction could be temporary.

  Feds, states crack down on price gouging and hoarding of coronavirus supplies

Attorneys general at the state and federal level begin cracking down and investigating reports of price gouging and hoarding of critical supplies.

  Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation's history.

  Boeing may get billions in coronavirus stimulus aid

The aerospace giant qualifies because it's "businesses critical to maintaining national security."

  British Prime Minister Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Downing St. says Johnson is self-isolating and continuing to lead the country’s response to COVID-19.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  This is how much money you could get from the stimulus bill

The income levels are based on tax returns for 2019. For those who have not yet filed their taxes, it will be based on 2018 returns.

  Washington set to deliver $2.2 trillion virus rescue bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the massive $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief bill approved by the Senate will pass the House on Friday with “strong bipartisan support.”

  Klobuchar’s husband back home after virus hospitalization

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's husband has been released from a hospital where he was being treated for low oxygen and pneumonia as a result of the coronavirus, the senator said Thursday.

  3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high

The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of the damage the viral outbreak is doing to the economy. Filings for unemployment aid generally reflect the pace of layoffs.

  Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota seek to restart factories

The plants would reopen in early or mid-April, restoring the largest source of cash for automakers that generally book revenue when they ship vehicles to dealerships.

  Senate passes coronavirus rescue package on unanimous vote

The urgently needed pandemic response measure is the largest economic rescue measure in history and is intended as a weekslong or monthslong patch for an economy spiraling into recession and a nation facing a potentially ghastly toll.

  Highlights of Congress’ economic relief plan

Partial highlights of a roughly $2 trillion package to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Family: US believes ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson has died

The family said in a statement posted on Twitter that it did not have information about how or when Levinson had died, but that it occurred before the recent coronavirus outbreak.

Judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying oil.

  Biden calls for ‘meticulous oversight’ of virus aid package

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that the congressional aid package addressing the coronavirus outbreak “goes a long way,” but he said it requires “meticulous oversight” and isn’t all-encompassing.

  NerdWallet: Relief checks may be coming, but scammers are already here

The Federal Trade Commission is concerned you’ll hear from a scammer before you get your check.