Around the South for Oct. 7: NC, SC & VA


North Carolina: Headline of the week. “Kaine interrupted and attacked; Pence held steady and deflected,” summed up the Raleigh News & Observer’s story of Tuesday night’s vice-presidential debate ……. South Carolina: Trump leads. The latest Winthrop Poll, taken just before the first presidential debate, showed Donald Trump with 42% of likely voters to 38% for Hillary Clinton. Both Clinton and Trump were viewed unfavorably by some 55% of voters. Poll Director Scott Huffmon said in a release, “While Clinton is seen as the more capable candidate, she is also viewed as more dishonest.” ……. Virginia: Group that registered 19 dead people linked to Democrat. HarrisonburgVOTES, a group founded by former Harrisonburg Mayor Joe Fitzgerald, was responsible for registering at least 19 people who are not longer alive. Fitzgerald, who reported the matter to police, blamed the fraudulent registrants on a college student. Meanwhile, the Post reports that several international groups, including the Organization of Americans States and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, plan to boost the number of poll watchers they are sending to observe the US elections. Concerns about voter ID laws and fraudulent practices have spurred the increase. But will they go to Harrisonburg? …….