Around the South for Dec. 15: VA, TX & GOP

Virginia: 2017 shaping up for GOP. US Rep. Rob Wittman (R) announced Saturday that he will run for governor in 2017, joining Ed Gillespie, the close-but-no-cigar US Senate contender in 2014. Expected to announce soon is former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who ran a strong gubernatorial race in 2013 ……. Texas: Turner wins Houston mayor’s race. State Rep. Sylvester Turner (D), who was endorsed by President Obama, eked out a narrow victory (51% to 49%) over businessman Bill King (R) in Saturday’s mayoral race in Houston ……. GOP: Voters like Trump’s Muslim ban plan. Among all likely voters, 46% favor Donald Trump’s proposal to place a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants, to 40% who oppose it and 14% who are undecided, says Rasmussen Reports. Among likely Republican voters, 66% like his proposed ban, 24% are opposed and 10% are undecided …….