Around the South for Mar. 2: TN, AR & MS

Tennessee: Did Haslam endorsement help Rubio? Shortly before yesterday’s SEC primary, Gov. Bill Haslam (R) endorsed Marco Rubio for president. Did it help the Floridian or have little or no effect? Check the returns for the Volunteer State ……. Arkansas: Richmond campaigns for Clinton. Although Hillary Clinton was an easy favorite in the state where she cut her political teeth, her campaign pulled out all the stops here. US Rep. Cecil Richmond (D-LA), an African American lawmaker from New Orleans, told an audience at Shorter College in North Little Rock that Bernie Sanders’ plan to provide free college tuition would benefit the wealthy and hurt historically black colleges. Boosting Clinton, Richmond said, “She has a body of work that speaks to Southern issues,” reports ArkansasOnline ……. Mississippi: Confederate Heritage Month coming up. Gov. Phil Bryant (R), following Magnolia State tradition, proclaimed April a month to honor the Confederacy, but he took a careful tone, urging Americans “to gain insights from our mistakes and our successes,” reports Sojourners magazine …….