Around the South for Oct. 6: FL, NC & OK


Florida: Clinton winning Hispanics. It’s 54% for Hillary Clinton, 30% for Donald Trump among Latino voters in the Sunshine State, according to a TelOpinion survey taken for the Associated Industries of Florida. In 2012, Mitt Romney won 40% of the state’s Hispanic vote. Clinton has now taken the lead in the state, in part because of Trump’s weakness among Latinos, who account for about 14% of the state’s electorate ……. North Carolina: Democrats gain in contests for governor and US Senator.  The latest Elon University Poll, taken after the first presidential debate, shows that state Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) now has a 48% to 44% lead over Gov. Pat McCrory (R) among likely voters. This is a near reversal of the 49% to 46% lead McCrory had two weeks ago. US Sen. Richard Burr (R), however, has held vote better, but he’s still trailing former state Rep. Deborah Ross (D) by 43.6% to 43.4% ……. Oklahoma: State Supremes strike down anti-abortion law. In a unanimous vote, the state Supreme Court ruled against the state legislature’s latest attempt to curb abortions. The justices said that the law covered “different and unrelated” purposes, in violation of the state constitution …….