Around the South for Jul.19: VA, SC & TN


Virginia: Gillespie has more money. In the financial reports filed June 30, Republican Ed Gillespie had $3.2 million cash-on-hand, in part because his over-confident campaign spent less money trying to defeat his primary foe, Corey Stewart, who ended up only 1.2 points behind him. Ralph Northam, who was in a hotly contested primary with Tom Perriello, spent most of the money he had raised, and had $1.75 million on hand at the end of June, reports the Washington Post ……. South Carolina: Lame-duck lite gov can raise money. The State Ethics Commission has ruled that Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant (R) can continue to raise campaign funds, even though the job he now holds will not be elected separately in 2018. That’s because voters approved a change in the law allowing gubernatorial candidates to choose a running mate for the number two spot. As of June 30, Bryant – who may run for governor – had $101,000 on hand ……. Tennessee: Corker praises Trump actions on Iran. US Sen. Bob Corker (R), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on President Trump’s OK on Iran’s technical compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, concurrent with the imposition of new sanctions. These actions “demonstrate that President Trump is fully committed to confront the threat from Iran in a strategic and effective way,” said Corker …….