Around the South for Oct. 2: VA, FL & TX


Virginia: New poll shows Northam ahead. The recent poll released by the Wason Centerfor Public Policy at Christopher Newport University found the Democrat Ralph Northam is in the lead, with 47% of voters to Republican Ed Gillespie’s 41%. Libertarian Cliff Hyra had 4%. Northam led in Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area while Gillespie was ahead in the Richmond area and in rural counties. Meanwhile, Gillespie has a new TV spot that links Northam’s support for sanctuary cities to the violence of MS-13 gangs allegedly made up of illegal Latino immigrants ……. Florida: Scott leads Nelson. Gov. Rick Scott (R) had 35% to incumbent US Sen. Bill Nelson’s (D) 33% in the latest 2018 US Senate poll taken by St. Leo University. A week earlier, a survey for the Florida Chamber of Commerce showed Scott with 47% to Nelson’s 45%. Frank Orlando, director of the St. Leo poll, said Scott appeared to benefit from his performance coping with Hurricane Irma, reports Sunshine State News ……. Texas: God says move. US Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R), who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, said on CNBC that victims of repeat floods, “at some point, God’s telling you to move,” reports the Dallas News. He said current policy under the National Flood Insurance Program, is “encouraging and subsidizing people to live in harm’s way” at the taxpayers’ expense …….