Around the South for Feb. 24: FL, TX & VA

Florida: Wasserman Schultz for Senate? Although Democrats in Washington aren’t enthusiastic about a potential US Senate candidacy for Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she may run for US Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R) seat next year anyway, reports Politico. While her tense relations with President Obama may hurt her with some voters, “She has just enough charm to appeal to a cross-section of voters who can get to know her in flashes. And she does work hard. Really hard,” says an unnamed Democrat. The paper also asserts that if Obama fired her as DNC chair, she planned to paint him as “anti-woman and anti-Semitic.” ……. Texas: Cruz, Walker near tie; Clinton strong. The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune shows US Sen. Ted Cruz still number one among Lone Star Republicans, but he’s down to 20%, compared to his 27% last October. Close behind is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 19%. Jeb Bush and Ben Carson had 9% each and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry had 8%. Others scored even smaller single digits. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton got 62%, Elizabeth Warren 12%, Joe Biden 6% and Bernie Sanders 5%, with others at 1% ……. Virginia: Pro-pot opinions now a majority. Voters in a state known for its ultra-conservative laws on virtually every social issue now show a decided preference for liberalized laws on the use of marijuana. According to a late January survey by Christopher Newport University, 69% favor legal access to medical marijuana. More telling, 71% now support decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot. That includes a majority of self-described conservatives and Republicans …….