South Carolina, Virginia, & North Carolina

South Carolina: The State endorses Sheheen. The State, the newspaper published in Columbia, the Palmetto State capital, has endorsed Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen in the contentious governor’s race. Noting a number of problems it sees in Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R) governance, the editorial continues, “Sen. Sheheen is not flashy. He doesn’t have a presence that fills the room. But he is smart and studied and dependable and honest, a man of integrity and sincerity, whose word can be trusted.”


Virginia: Times-Dispatch endorses Gillespie. Richmond’s influential Times-Dispatch has endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie over incumbent US Sen. Mark Warner (D). The editorial said, “We endorse Gillespie because his philosophy embraces free markets and free people, the ultimate American solutions, and because we are confident he will serve as an able and honest senator.” The paper also noted that “Warner’s vote to support Reid as Senate leader, which is sure to be repeated if the Democrat returns to Congress, has ensured the gridlock that Virginia’s senior senator so often laments.”


North Carolina: Libertarian gets boost from marijuana issue. “More Weed, Less War,” proclaims the TV spot supporting Libertarian US Senate candidate Sean Haugh, who supports legal marijuana and opposes US wars abroad.  In the ad, smiling young people chant, “Get Haugh, get high,” and describe incumbent US Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) as out-of-touch. The American Future Fund is sponsoring the ad. The Washington Post describes the group as an Iowa-based tax-exempt organization that frequently funnels money from conservatives into campaigns. The group spent $225,000 on TV time for the ad and plans to spend more.