Around the South for June 15: GA, NC & TN

Georgia: Deal endorsed four for 2016. Gov. Nathan Deal (R), not content to support only one GOP presidential contender, says he is for the four governors and former governors who campaigned for him in 2010 and 2014: Jeb Bush (FL), Chris Christie (NJ), Mike Huckabee (AR) and Bobby Jindal (LA). A Deal spokesman told the Journal & Constitution, “The governor’s loyalty lies with those who worked tirelessly on his behalf, and he intends to do the same for them if asked.” ……. North Carolina: Burr leads them all. Although he didn’t break 50% in any of Public Policy Polling’s (D) recent survey of Tar Heel voters, US Sen. Richard Burr (R) led each of five potential Democratic opponents by anywhere from 9 to 18 points. He led former US Sen. Kay Hagan (D), for example, by 49% to 40% ……. Tennessee: “Red to the Roots” launched again. In 2014, reports The Tennessee Journal, a GOP effort to expand its share of local offices resulted in the election of 631 Republicans to county- and city-level positions. The party’s new chairman, Ryan Haynes, plans to organize a similar effort for 2016, concentrating on some city offices as well as counties which have the option to hold partisan or non-partisan elections …….