Around the South for May 30th: AL, NC, & TX

Alabama: Trump slams Moore.  Prospective Republican candidate for Senate Roy Moore took a big hit this week when President Donald Trump said his nomination could have “devastating” consequences, especially for the future of the U.S. Supreme Court.  The twice-removed former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice lost to Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) in 2017, following allegations that he had improper sexual contact with teenage girls in the 1970s.  North Carolina: Dems struggle to find good candidates.  U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) is considered to be one of the more vulnerable Senate Republicans heading into 2020, but Democrats have struggled to find a suitable candidate to challenge him.  Cal Cunningham, a candidate for Lt. Gov., and State Senator Jeff Jackson have been floated as names, but as of now there is no big time candidate for the party to rally around.  Texas: SOS Whitley resigns.  Embattled Texas Secretary of State David Whitley resigned this week after he was failed to be confirmed before the end of the legislative session, as is required by law.  Whitley came under fire after his office wrongly flagged tens of thousands of Texans as potential non-citizens to be removed from the voter rolls.  That mistake led to a major lawsuit from a civil rights group and national media attention, and Democrats in the state Senate blocked his confirmation.  Gov. Greg Abbott must now name a replacement, who will have to be confirmed following the 2020 elections.