Around the South for Feb. 27: AR, SC & TN


Arkansas: Morgan files against Hutchinson. Jan Morgan, owner of a Hot Springs shooting range, yesterday filed for governor in the Republican Primary. Morgan described incumbent GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson as an “establishment progressive,” while she labeled herself a “constitutional conservative,” reported Arkansas Online. Asked about her one-time description of her shooting range as a “Muslim-free zone,” she said, “I make no apologies,” and noted that running the state would be different ……. South Carolina: Templeton ancestor owned slaves. The Greenville News reported that Hiram Clark Brawley, a direct ancestor of gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton, owned 66 slaves, as reported in the 1860 census. Templeton responded that she did not know about this, but “I embrace my family, warts and all.” ……. Tennessee: Fincher out of Senate race; Corker sitting still. Former US Rep. Stephen Fincher (R) has withdrawn from the Tennessee US Senate race and thrown his support to the potential candidacy of incumbent US Sen. Bob Corker (R). But US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R), the other major GOP contender for the Senate job, is moving full-steam-ahead to cement her place as the frontrunner. She has secured the endorsements of Lt. Gov. Randy McNally (R) and 18 other Republican state senators. Stay tuned! …….