Around the South for Jan. 18: OK, TX & VA


Oklahoma: Cornett ahead in GOP race for governor. Oklahoma Mayor Mick Cornett led the latest Sooner Poll with 23.9%, followed by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb with 17.6%. Gary Richardson was third with 9%, followed by Dan Fisher at 4%, Gary Jones 3.4%, Kevin Stitt 3.4% and undecided with a whopping 38.7%.  But there’s also bad news for the frontrunners: Cornett has lost five points since the August Sooner Poll and Lamb has lost nearly 15 points, while Richardson has gained 2 points ……. Texas: Supremes reject Democrats’ redistricting appeal. The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the Texas Democratic Party contending that Republicans gerrymandered  district maps to favor their party, reports the Austin American-Statesman. However, the high court will hear a case based on allegations of discrimination against minorities ……. Virginia: Bipartisanship fading. Despite early signs that Republicans in the legislature were looking forward to working with newly installed Gov. Ralph Northam (D), GOPers in both chambers quickly spiked a Northam-backed package of gun control proposals. Moreover, House Speaker Kirkland Cox (R) told the governor’s office that Northam’s speech to lawmakers was far too partisan for the Republicans, reports the Washington Post. Stay tuned …….