South Carolina: Haley praised for storm warnings. Gov. Nikki Haley (R) is receiving widespread support for her actions during Hurricane Matthew, including ordering evacuations and giving twice-daily news conferences to keep the public informed. As for political implications, “[A]ny display of strong leadership by a Republican woman who is an elected official is only going to highlight what the Republican Party could have had – and what they do have – in a presidential candidate,” Catawba College’s Michael Bitzer told The Post and Courier. Haley remarked, “The only storm I have time for is this one in South Carolina.” ……. Texas: Cornyn stands by Trump. Addressing the Austin Chamber of Commerce, US Sen. John Cornyn (R) said that “many of us were offended” by Donald Trump’s comments in the “Access Hollywood” tape, but “The most important issue in this presidential election is who’s going to nominate the next members of the Supreme Court,” opining that he didn’t see Hillary Clinton appointing a suitable replacement for the late Justice Anton Scalia, reported Austin’s American-Statesman ……. North Carolina: Veep wannabes stump the state. Both major party nominees for vice-president have been campaigning in this battleground state. Speaking in Charlotte last Friday, Tim Kaine said Hillary Clinton would be a “strong woman who will make history,” reported the Charlotte Observer. Mike Pence, speaking in Raleigh on Wednesday, called Donald Trump a man “who never quits, who never backs down,” reported the News & Observer …….