Around the South for Dec. 27: SC, FL & LA


South Carolina: McMaster leads Templeton. In a Mason-Dixon survey taken Dec. 6-10, Gov. Henry McMaster (R) received 51% of Republican voters to 21% for Catherine Templeton. Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant (R) had 8% and former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill had1%., reports the Post & Courier. McMaster had a 69% approval rating among Republicans. The poll did not include McMaster’s running mate, businesswoman Pamela Evette, a self-described “Trump girl,” since the other contenders have not yet named a running mate ……. Florida: Rooney says purge “Deep State.” US Rep. Francis Rooney (R) said on MSNBC that the FBI and the Department of Justice are “off the rails” and need to be purged of agents who aren’t loyal to the President. Rooney cited former top FBI official Peter Strzok, since removed by Robert Mueller, who exchanged anti-Trump emails with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who was also removed from the Russia investigation. Rooney also noted FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe – soon to retire – who texted about a proposed action before the election “that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.” ……. Louisiana: Scalise calls out Obama advisor. Former Obama national security advisor Ben Rhodes tweeted in effect that he was looking forward to upcoming “obits” of “Ryan, McConnell, and Pence.” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R), who was injured in a shooting, tweeted Rhodes, “You may want to reconsider your rhetoric.” …….