Around the South for Nov. 22: AL, GA & VA


Alabama: Trump backs Moore. President Donald Trump broke his silence on the embattled US Senate candidacy of Roy Moore (R). In the latest polls, Moore, accused of improper sexual behavior with underage girls, trails former prosecutor Doug Jones (D) in the Dec. 12 election. Trump said, “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” reported Reuters. “Roy Moore denies [the charges]… he totally denies it.” ……. Georgia: Atlanta has black/white runoff for mayor. In a Dec. 5 runoff, Atlantavoters will choose between Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is black and has the support of outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed, and Mary Norwood, who is white. The last time Atlantaelected a white mayor was in 1969, but gentrification has evened out the city’s racial balance somewhat. In the first primary, Bottoms received 26%, Norwood 17%. A close race is likely ……. Virginia: Control of House of Delegates on hold. Too-close-to-call in view of alleged mistakes in registration in two House of Delegates districts led the Virginia Board of Elections to certify 98 elections, but left two undecided. “Let’s just take a timeout,” said board chairman James Alcorn, reported the Washington Post. “Our goal is to make sure voters trust the election results.” The GOP is ahead in one district by 82 votes and in another by a whisper-thin 10 votes …….