Around the South for Jul. 27: NC, FL & VA


North Carolina: Burr, McCrory appear with Trump. Donald Trump and Mike Pence addressed a crowd of 4,000 supporters in Winston-Salem on Monday, the day the DNC convened, reports the News & Observer. Appearing with him for the first time were US Sen. Richard Burr (R) and Gov. Pat McCrory (R), both of whom are up for reelection this year. On the controversial HB2, concerning transgender use of rest- and locker rooms, Trump said, “I’m sure they’ll be able to work something where everybody’s going to be satisfied.” ……. Florida: GOP trying to derail Murphy. At least one Republican group running negative ads against US Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) is targeting areas where Democratic Primary voters reside, reports the Washington Post. In recent weeks, Murphy, the centrist and well-financed favorite in the August 30 primary (D), has recently come under media fire for resume misstatements. Most GOPers believe Marco Rubio (R) would have a stronger chance against leftist US Rep. Alan Grayson (D) in November than against Murphy ……. Virginia: Felon voting rights boosts Republican candidate. The continuing controversy over Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) executive order restoring voting rights to some 206,000 felons who have completed their sentences is likely to help Del. Robert Bell (R), who is running for attorney general in 2017, reports the Washington Post. Bell, who spearheaded the effort to challenge (successfully) McAuliffe’s order in court, is expected to gain support in both the primary and in the General Election against incumbent Mark Herring (D), who defended McAuliffe’s order in court …….