Around the South for May 17: TX, SC & VA


Texas: Cornyn withdraws as contender to head FBI. US Sen. John Cornyn (R), whose name was prominent among those the Justice Department was considering to replace FBI Director James Comey, has backed out from consideration for the post. Cornyn, the second ranking Republican in the Senate, was opposed by GOP senators, who feared his nomination would bring about a contentious partisan confirmation hearing. “[T]he best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the US Senate,” Cornyn said in a statement …….South Carolina: Norman leads GOP congressional runoff. In yesterday’s Republican runoff to choose a successor to former 5th District US Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R), former state Rep. Ralph Norman got the most votes, but his margin over state Rep. Tom Pope was less than 1%, so a recount is automatic under state law. The winner will face Democrat Archie Parnell, a retired Goldman Sachs executive, in a June 20 General Election …….Virginia: Gillespie leads in latest poll. A survey of Virginia Republican voters by the Washington Post-Schar School found that 38% favor former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, 18% are forPrince William County supervisor Corey Stewart, and 15% for Virginia Beach state Sen. Frank Wagner …….