Around the South for Mar. 2: MS, FL & AL


Mississippi: McDaniel to challenge Wicker. State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who almost defeated US Sen. Thad Cochran (R) in 2014, announced Monday that he will run against US Sen. Roger Wicker (R) in this year’s Republican Primary. He lumped Wicker with GOP establishment figures such as US Sens. Mitch McConnell (KY), John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC). “I’m not going up there to be a leadership lap dog,” he said, reported the Washington Post. “I’m going to be Mississippi’s bulldog.” ……. Florida: Voters don’t much about gubernatorial candidates. According to the latest poll of Sunshine State Democrats by Quinnipiac University, 81% don’t know enough about Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine; 84% don’t know enough bout Gwen Graham; 89% aren’t familiar with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum; and a whopping 93% are in the dark about Orlando businessman Chris King. Among Republicans, 75% don’t know enough about Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam; 83% are in the dark about US Rep. Ron DeSantis; and 86% don’t know enough about Richard Corcoran, who has yet to join the race. “Florida voters can expect massive – and probably nasty – TV advertising,” assistant director of the poll Peter Brown told Sunshine State News ……. Alabama: Moore backs Missouri candidate. Roy Moore, who lost a heated Republican Primary for the US Senate in Alabama last year, has emailed an endorsement of Missouri conservative Courtland Sykes, who is also ultra-conservative on social issues. Courtland once call feminists “she-devils” and said he did not want daughters who became “career-obsessed banshees,” reported the Washington Post. In Moore’s endorsement, he called Courtland “a man of impeccable character, courage, and Christian faith.” …….