Mississippi: Thompson endorses Clinton. US Rep. Bennie Thompson (D) this week threw his support to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, reports WJTV12 in Jackson. Thompson, the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, becomes the 12th of the South’s 18 members of the Congressional Black Caucus to endorse Clinton ……. Texas: Cruz, Trump lead GOP pack. US Sen. Ted Cruz, who got his start with Tea Party backing, and Donald Trump each had 27% in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune survey of Republican voters in the Lone Star State. Ben Carson had 13% and Marco Rubio 9%. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton easily led Bernie Sanders, reports the Texas Tribune. The primary is March 1 ……. Virginia: Gillespie forms PAC. Ed Gillespie, the former national Republican chairman who narrowly lost a US Senate bid in 2014, has formed “Let’s Grow, Virginia PAC” to begin raising funds for his 2017 gubernatorial bid, reports the Washington Post. Although the committee is still in the formation stage, it has already scheduled two fundraisers, on Dec. 7 and Dec. 10 …….