Around the South for Oct. 27: TX, KY & GA


Texas: Trump has significant lead. A survey of likely voters by Crosswind/American-Statesman taken over last weekend showed Donald Trump with 45%, Hillary Clinton with 38%, Gary Johnson 7% and 10% not sure. “Texas is definitely not a tossup state,” Thomas Graham of Crosswind told the Austin American-Statesman ……. Kentucky: County could break Democratic streak. For the past 140 years, Elliott County has voted for the Democratic presidential candidate every four years. This year, writes David Wasserman of, it could go Republican. Obama barely carried it in 2012 – by 2.5 points. But 85% of the major-party vote in this Eastern hills county consists of non-college-educated whites, where Trump’s greatest strength lies. The county was named for John Milton Elliott, who represented Kentucky in the Confederate congress ……. Georgia: Deal’s failing schools initiative losing. A key item in Gov. Nathan Deal’s (R) policy agenda is the Opportunity School District amendment, which would give the state the power to take over failing schools. But an Atlanta Journal & Constitution poll shows the proposal is losing by a two-to-one margin, due mainly to opposition from local school boards …….