Around the South for Jan. 16: VA, TX & OK

Virginia: Sex-offender reelected. Del. Joseph Morrisey (D) was convicted of a sexual misdemeanor last year for having sex with a 17-year-old receptionist in is office who had said she was 18. He resigned his seat, but then ran as an independent, and under his six-month sentence, was allowed to leave jail to work. In a special election on Jan. 13, Morrisey came in first in the three-way contest. He was sworn in to the remainder of his term on Jan. 14, but was “shunned,” reports the Washington Post, by his colleagues. ……. Texas: Cruz out at NRSC. US Sen. Ted Cruz (R) was not asked to serve a second term on the National Republican Senatorial Committee, probably because he raised money for the Senate Conservatives Fund which backed primary challenges against now-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and US Sen. Thad Cochran (MS) ……. Oklahoma: GOP now leads in voter registration. The latest official numbers, published in The McCarville Report, show that as of Jan. 15 of this year, Republicans account for 43.6% of the Sooner State registered voters, to the Democrats’ 43.5%, the first time GOPers have led Democrats. Independents accounted for 12.9%