Around the South for Oct. 6: KY, AL & NC

Kentucky: Paul not quitting. Despite a poor fundraising quarter, US Sen. Rand Paul (R) told CNN Sunday that “We plan on being in for the long haul.” Paul added that “celebrity” would soon wear off, and hit one of his rivals, US Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), for his bad relations with fellow senators. Cruz is “pretty much done for” in the Senate, Paul said ……. Alabama: Sessions’ bill aimed at violence against police. Under a new bill introduced by US Sens. Jeff Sessions (R) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), state and local law enforcement officers and first responders will receive the same protections that currently exist for federal officers killed in the line of duty. “[W]e cannot stand idly by as attacks are waged upon those who serve and protect our communities,” Sessions said, as reported by al.com ……. North Carolina: McCrory, Burr ahead in PPP poll. In a head-to-head matchup with Roy Cooper (D), Gov. Pat McCrory (R) received 44% to Cooper’s 41%, according to a Public Policy Polling (D) survey released on Sept. 30. In matchups with various potential Democratic foes, US Sen. Richard Burr (D) led by margins varying from five points to twelve points …….