Around the South for Jul. 19: VA, KY & TX

Virginia: US Senate speculation. If Hillary Clinton picks US Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, and if the Clinton-Kaine ticket is successful, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) will have to appoint a new senator to serve until the 2017 election. Among the talked-about possibilities, says the Washington Post, are Democratic US Reps. Don Beyer, Bobby Scott and Gerald Connolly, Attorney General Mark Herring and former governor Doug Wilder ……. Kentucky: McConnell keeping his distance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed Donald Trump as soon as he secured the nomination, but has since kept his distance, “keeping his options open,” one US Senator (R) told The Hill newspaper. And the Donald has noticed. At a meeting last month Trump with congressional leaders, Trump told McConnell he’s “not feeling the love.” ……. Texas: Hurd for Trump? US Rep. Will Hurd (R), one of only two African American Republicans in the US House, is not attending the GOP convention this week and has not said whether he will vote for Trump. Second-termer Hurd, a former CIA agent, is a major player in national security matters, but his district is 70% Hispanic and its economy depends on across-the-border transactions …….