Around the South for May 24: GA, NC & TX


Georgia: 6th District polls mixed. The last three voter surveys, one by the Jon Ossoff (D) campaign, one by the Karen Handel (R), and one independent, all showed close races, but none of them gave either candidate 50% or more of the vote. Perhaps as a result, the money spent on television is staggering, with one estimate that by the June 20 vote, $50 million or more will be spent on political TV ads in the race ……. North Carolina: District lines held unconstitutional. The US Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, held that the Tar Heel legislature’s congressional maps for two districts, the 1st and 12th, were drawn to include more African-Americans than was necessary to meet Voting Rights Act requirements, thus diminishing the influence of black voters. One critic, from the Heritage Foundation, commented, “You can use race a little bit, but you can’t use it too much. It has to be just right,” reported The Hill ……. Texas: Challenger says Lamar Smith out of touch. Joseph Kopser (D), a Bronze Star veteran of the war in Iraq, is challenging 16-term US Rep. Lamar Smith (R). Kopser is supported by 314 Action, a group of science professionals interested in public policy. Kopser says Smith, who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology, is out-of-touch with science; Smith recently said climate change is based more on “exaggerations, personal agendas and questionable predictions than on scientific method,” reports Roll Call …….