Georgia: Price appointment impacts governor’s race. President-elect Donald Trump’s naming of US Rep. Tom Price (R) as his Secretary of Health and Human Services affects more than the future (bleak) of Obamacare. It also means one less potential candidate in the 2018 race for governor of Georgia. Price had earlier established PricePac to help fund the GOP’s state legislators’ campaigns, which could have helped him win allies for a statewide race, but now he leaves the field to others. Stay tuned ……. North Carolina: Cooper lead in governor’s race growing. As more ballots have been counted in the uber-close gubernatorial contest, state Attorney General Roy Cooper’s (D) lead has grown to 9,716, close to the 10,000 margin cut-off for a recount. Incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory (R), however, has yet to concede and continues to call for a recount of Durham County’s votes ……. Virginia: McAuliffe, elections official, dismiss fraud claims. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said President-elect Trump should “put proof behind” his charge that illegal votes were cast in Virginia. And Edgardo Cortes, commissioner of the state’s Department of Elections, said “The election was fair and all votes cast by eligible voters were accurately counted.” …….