Around the South for Sept. 15: KY, Bernie & FL

Kentucky: Paul focusing on young voters. Hoping to repeat, or exceed, his father’s unexpected third place in the Iowa caucuses on February 1, Rand Paul has established “Stand with Rand” chapters on 16 Hawkeye State college campuses. Ron Paul got 50% of the youth vote in 2012. Rand Paul has similar organizations on a total of 339 campuses nationwide ……. Bernie: Sanders stumps in Dixie. Over the past four days, Vermont Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders campaigned in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. He raised money in Atlanta, spoke at historically black colleges in the Columbia, and addressed a crowd of 9,000, most of whom were white, in Greensboro. In Virginia, Sanders appeared at Liberty University, not exactly an ideological fit, but give him an A for effort ……. Florida: Carson, Biden gain on Trump, Clinton. In an early September poll of Florida voters by Gravis Marketing for One America News Network, the favorites are still leading in each party, but the candidates in second place are gaining ground. For the GOP, Donald Trump had 34%, Ben Carson – who moved to Florida after he completed his medical career – had 22%, and former Sunshine State Gov. Jeb Bush came in third with 15%. The rest were in single digits. Of interest, if Bush and Marco Rubio were the only contenders, Rubio would get 51% to Bush’s 31%. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton held on to her lead, with 42%, to Joe Biden’s 21%, though he hasn’t entered the race. Bernie Sanders was third, with 13% …….