Around the South for Apr. 20: AL, SC & TX

Alabama: Ivey sets Senate election for this year. Reversing a decision by former Governor Robert Bentley (R), Gov. Kay Ivey (R) announced Tuesday that she is moving the election to fill the US Senate vacancy created by Jeff Sessions’ promotion to US Attorney General from next year to later this year. The primaries will be held on Aug. 15, with runoffs as needed on Sept. 26; the General Election will be on Dec. 12. Ivey said the law “clearly states the people should vote for a replacement US Senator as soon as possible,” reported WVTM. Incumbent US Sen. Luther Strange (R), appointed earlier by Bentley, said “I’m ready to run whether the election is next month or next year.” ……. South Carolina: Graham “all in” on Trump. US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), a frequent critic of candidate Donald Trump, now says he’s backing President Trump. Appearing on Fox & Friends, Graham said Trump has “the best national security team I’ve seen since I’ve been in government,” reports The Hill ……. Texas: Cruz says GOP must keep promises. “We’ve got to deliver on the promises we’ve made,” US Sen. Ted Cruz said on “The Mike Gallagher Show,” as reported by Newsmax. “This is a dangerous time and it’s also a time that’s ripe with opportunity.” …….