Around the South for Jun. 9: GA, FL & SC

Georgia: Heavy early voting could favor Ossoff. In the 6th District’s April primary, some 50,000 persons voted early and Jon Ossoff (D) received 62% of their votes. With a week of early voting still to go, it looks like even more voters will cast their ballot before Election Day. In Fulton County, the largest and most Democratic of the three counties in the 6th District, about 7,500 more people have already voted early than voted early in April. The Republican candidates, led by Karen Handel, got a majority of the ballots cast on Election Day, while Ossoff got 42% ……. Florida: DeSantis remains open to gubernatorial bid. Noting that he has “a full plate” in Congress, US Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) said in a radio interview that he would make a decision about running for governor next year in the next several months. DeSantis, a graduate of Yale and of Harvard Law School, would join state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Bob White, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, in next year’s GOP primary, reports Sunshine State News ……. South Carolina: Democrats put focus on Rutherford. House Democratic Leader Todd Rutherford was named the first of the state Democratic Party’s “Legislator Spotlight” series. Rutherford is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School. He is a national board member of the NAACP Special Contributions Fund …….