Around the South for Mar. 20: GA, VA & AR


Georgia: Big TV spending in 6th District race. Spending on the campaigns to fill the vacancy left when US Rep. Tom Price (R) resigned to become secretary of health and human services is already more than $3.7 million, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The two biggest spenders are state Sen. Dan Moody (R), who has forked out more than $1.4 million for TV buys, and Democrat Jon Ossoff, who has spent some $1.1 million for TV and radio. In addition, the Congressional Leadership Fund (R) has spent $1.1 million for ads attacking Ossoff ……. Virginia: Riggleman bows out. Denver Riggleman, a former intelligence officer and a distiller, has suspended his gubernatorial campaign, citing “business considerations, resource shortages, and family health issues,” reports the Washington Post. Riggleman, 47, was preparing to run a populist-oriented campaign ……. Arkansas: Lee/MLK holiday split. The Arkansaslegislature last week gave final approval to legislation that would delete Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the state holiday currently honoring both Lee and Martin Luther King. Lee will be honored separately in October with a memorial day, but not a state holiday, reports the Washington Post. Only Alabama and Mississippi continue to honor the two men jointly …….