Around the South for Mar. 10: KY, MS, & GOP

Kentucky: Democrats hold House. In four special elections for state House seats on March 8, Democrats won three, the GOP only one, keeping the lower chamber in Democratic hands. The results were a defeat for Gov. Matt Bevin (R), who had campaigned for the Republican candidates in all four races ……. Mississippi: Bryant support not effective. Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who endorsed Ted Cruz the day before theMagnolia State’s March 8 primary, makes the fifth Southern Republican governor to support a non-Donald Trump candidate, only to see his state’s voters support the New York billionaire. Trump won Mississippi with 47% to Cruz’s 36% ……. GOP: Some Big Dogs won’t back Trump. The Hill published a list of 22 prominent Republicans who have stated publicly that they will not back Donald Trump if he is the GOP nominee. The list includes seven Southerners: US Reps. Carlos Curbelo (FL), Mark Sanford (SC), and Scott Rigell (VA); former US Reps. Ron Paul (TX) and J. C. Watts (OK); former US Sen. and former GOP national chairman Mel Martinez (FL); and Atlanta-based writer/activist Erick Erickson …….