Around the South for September 21st: NC, FL, & TX

North Carolina: Time to worry for Burr?  U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R) has long been considered a lock to defend his seat in his race against relative unknown Deborah Ross, but now the GOP is starting to get worried.  Between backlash over the state’s controversial bathroom laws and a less than fired up Burr campaign, Democrats are preparing to pour money into a race they feel they could steal.  Florida: Republican to spend big against Trump.  Florida billionaire and Republican megadonor Mike Fernandez, who supported Jeb Bush in the primary, has not been shy about his disdain for the GOP’s nominee.  Now he’s putting his money where his mouth is, pledging $2 million to register latinos, a notoriously anti-Trump bloc, to vote.  Bad news for Trump, who desperately needs to win Florida to have any shot at taking the White House.  Texas: Officials upset with Cruz’s lack of Trump endorsement.  Several prominent Texas lawmakers, including Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, have come out this week with harsh comments regarding Senator Ted Cruz’s refusal to endorse Donald Trump.  McCaul said that Cruz, “broke his word”, and Patrick threatened that Cruz would be left “in the rearview mirror of the Republican Party” should he continue to withhold his endorsement.