Around the South for Jan. 29: SC, OK & NC

South Carolina: McMaster endorses Trump. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster (R) endorsed Donald Trump Wednesday at a campaign rally in heavily Republican Lexington County, reported the Washington Post, becoming the most senior GOP officeholder in the nation to support the New York businessman. McMaster, a former state Republican chairman, former state attorney general and an ally of Gov. Nikki Haley (R), told the crowd of 1,100, “[I]t’s not the dog in the fight that’s important, it’s the fight in the dog … Well this dog’s got plenty of fight.” ……. Oklahoma: Fallin “Influential.” Roll Call, the long-time weekly newspaper circulated widely around the capital’s political community, has named the Sooner State’s Gov.  Mary Fallin to its list of “The 25 Most Influential Women in State Politics.” With a successful career that includes two terms in Congress, Fallin, 61, later became the first Republican woman to lead the National Governors Association. She is noted for her strong opposition to President Obama’s carbon emissions policies and her support for the Keystone pipeline, which the president nixed ……. North Carolina: Toll road foes angry with McCrory. Voters even in Republican sections of Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties are upset with Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) refusal to halt the building of a toll road on heavily-traveled Interstate 77. “There’s a tremendous amount of anger and angst,” state Sen. David Curtis (R) told the Charlotte Observer, adding, “I predict it’s going to hurt the governor significantly.” …….