Around the South for Aug. 14: VA, TX & TN


Virginia: Northam maintains lead. Ralph Northam (D) had 44%, Ed Gillespie (R) 38%, in the latest Quinnipiac poll, similar to a recent survey by Virginia CommonwealthUniversity. Quinnipiac’s last poll on the race, taken two months ago soon after the June primaries, gave Northam an 8-point lead, not much different from its latest survey. Libertarian Cliff Hyra drew 4% in the latest Q-piac poll but was not included in its June survey ……. Texas: ‘White Lives Matter’ event at Texas A&M. Preston Wiginton, a former Texas A&M student and an alt-right activist, has reserved space at his alma mater for a Sept. 11 rally to promote the group’s views. Several protests were announced shortly after Wiginton’s announcement ……. Tennessee: Fitzhugh to challenge Dean. House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D) entered the race for governor last week, joining former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Fitzhugh, a banker and a lawyer, starts out as the underdog. In a May survey by Vanderbilt University, Dean’s name ID was 38%, Fitzhugh’s 8%. Conventional wisdom is that a Democrat cannot win in November. However, reports The Tennessee Journal, if state Sen. Mae Beavers (R), a Tea Party supporter and an early Trump backer, should score an upset win in the GOP primary, a Democrat might be competitive …….