Around the South for Mar. 4: SC, FL & OK

South Carolina: Mulvaney trusts the voters. US Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R), who had supported Rand Paul earlier in the Republican contest, told The Hill, “Either we trust the primary system or we don’t. We trust the primary voters or we don’t,” adding, “I will be supporting our nominee against Mrs. Clinton.” ……. Florida: Obama, Biden endorse Murphy. In the latest poll of Democrats in the Sunshine State’s US Senate contest, liberal US Rep. Alan Grayson (D), a supporter of Bernie Sanders, had 32% to 22% for US Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), who is backing Hillary Clinton, with 45% undecided. But the announcement this week that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are supporting Murphy in the August 30 primary could tip the scales. Biden will be campaigning for Murphy on March 28 ……. Oklahoma: Fallin praises criminal justice reforms. After a state House committee passed four bills Gov. Mary Fallin (R) had advocated in her State of the State address, she praised the lawmakers for voting to “address Oklahoma’s prison population… without jeopardizing public safety,” reports The Norman Transcript. The measures would allow prosecutors to file charges as a misdemeanor instead of a felony; reduce mandatory punishment for subsequent drug offenses; set a new $1,000 threshold for property crimes to be charged as a felony; and facilitate broader use of drug courts …….