Around the South for Jan. 25: FL, GA & NC

Florida: Jolly, Grayson lead in Senate poll. In the race for the Republican nomination to replace US Sen. Marco Rubio, US Rep. David Jolly has 28% while US Rep. Ron DeSantis and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera are tied for second place with 8% each. On the Democratic side, US Rep. Alan Grayson has 27% to Patrick Murphy’s 20%. About half the voters in each party are undecided. The poll was taken by FloridaAtlantic University ……. Georgia: Lewis thumps Trump. “Trump reminds me so much of a lot of the things that George Wallace said and did,” US Rep. John Lewis (D) told a Cal State L.A. audience, reports the Los Angeles Times. “I think demagogues are pretty dangerous … We shouldn’t divide people, we shouldn’t separate people.” ……. North Carolina: Burr denies Cruz/Sanders statement. US Sen. Richard Burr (R), who faces opposition to his right in the March 15 primary, strongly denied that he told folks at a private fundraiser that he would vote for Bernie Sanders before he’d vote for Ted Cruz. The Associated Press said its source stands by his story. Meanwhile, the Senate Conservatives Fund is urging folks to call Burr’s office and “let him know what you think.” …….