Around the South for Oct. 13: TN, VA & KY


Tennessee: Alexander harsh on Trump, but … US Sen. Lamar Alexander (R), a long-time moderate/conservative, said “I am disgusted by Donald Trump’s comments,” in the “Access Hollywood” tape, reported The Tennessean. “[H]e is driving the presidential campaign to a new low…” Nevertheless, Alexander did not say whether he will or won’t vote for Trump. Gov. Bill Haslam (R) is the only major Republican officeholder in the state who says he will not vote for Trump ……. Virginia: GOP waiting till next year. Since the Old Dominion State will be electing its governor and possibly a replacement for Veep nominee Tim Kaine (D) next year, party officials are focusing on 2017, not Trump. One exception: Virginia resident and ex-Trump rival Carly Fiorina, who called for Mike Pence to replace Trump at the top of the ticket ……. Kentucky: Gray goes on the attack. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, the Democratic US Senate nominee, launched a $325,000 buy of negative ads against incumbent Rand Paul (R). The spot cites Trump calling Paul “a disaster on military,” reports the Lexington Herald-Leader. The ad also quotes John McCain and Chris Christie taking issue with Paul on defense issues …….