Around the South for Jan. 22: NC, AR & VA

North Carolina: Ross picks up key endorsements. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has endorsed former state Rep. Deborah Ross in the four-candidate race in the March 15 US Senate primary. The endorsement gives her the imprimatur of Democratic powers-that-be in Washington, and may help her raise funds, reports the Charlotte Observer. The DSCC endorsement comes on the heels of an endorsement by Emily’s List, an important Democratic women’s group ……. Arkansas: Hutchinsonsays move on from Bill Clinton’s scandal. Although he’s a Republican, and supported impeachment proceedings against then-president Bill Clinton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told Time Magazine that the scandal should play no part in the 2016 elections. “It’s been litigated,” said Hutchinson, “the judgment was made by the United States Senate, and I think we need to move on from that.” ……. Virginia: Gillespie raises more money than Northam. Ed Gillespie, who lost by a razor-thin margin in his challenge to US Sen. Mark Warner (D) in 2014, raised $483,000 in the last quarter, reports the Washington Post, in his bid for governor in 2017. Gillespie faces a contested primary, with at least one, maybe two opponents. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D), despite being in the race longer than Gillespie, raised $85,000 in the last quarter, which is included in the $319,000 he has raised over the past six months ……..