Around the South for Nov. 14: NC, FL & SC


North Carolina: McCrory calls for Durham recount. Beleaguered Gov. Pat McCrory (R), behind by some 5,000 votes in unofficial returns, has called for a recount of the votes in Durham County, which voted heavily in favor of Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) in the gubernatorial contest. McCrory contended there was “malfeasance” in Durham’s vote counting, reported the News & Observer. He also said there were other irregularities around the state ……. Florida: Democratic chair retiring. Allison Tant, the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, announced that she would not seek reelection when her term ends in January. The 2016 election results in the SunshineState were a disappointment for the Democrats, as they lost the contest for Florida’s 29 electoral votes, failed to prevent the reelection of US Sen. Marco Rubio (R), and made minimal congressional and legislative gains. Among those who may run to succeed Tant is Dan Gelber, the former state House Democratic leader. “I’m not uninterested,” Gelber told POLITICO Florida ……. South Carolina: Haley before and after. After she cast a ballot for Donald Trump last Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley (R), who has been a fierce critic of The Donald in the past, said she wanted to see “what lessons are learned, where we go from here and how can I be a part of that.” The day after Trump won in a major upset, Haley told The State newspaper, “[T]he people have spoken… I will partner with our new president to move our state and nation forward.” …….