Around the South for May 3rd; GA, SC & LA


Georgia: Cagle leads in gubernatorial poll. Lt. Gov Casey Cagle (R) is leading the pack of seven contenders for the Republican nomination for governor of the Peach State. A survey of likely Republican voters, taken by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News in late April, showed Cagle with 41% followed by Secretary of State Brian Kemp with 10% and former state Sen. Hunter Hill with 9%. Other contenders received less than 5%, with undecided at 33%. A poll of Democratic voters showed former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams with 33% to 15% for state Rep. Stacey Evans, with some 50% undecided. The primary is May 22; if no candidate receives a majority, a runoff will be held on July 24 ……. South Carolina: Greenville is in the catbird’s seat. According to an analysis of past Republican Primary turnout in past years, some one-third of the GOP’s primary voters reside along the I-85 in the upstate, centered by Greenville, Spartanburg and surrounding counties. This area “is one of the most important Republican-rich areas in South Carolina,” Columbia Republican strategist Dave Wilson told Charleston’s Post & Courier. The primary is June 12; if no one receives a majority, a runoff will be on June 26 ……. Louisiana: Schedler resigns. Secretary of State Tom Schedler (R) wrote a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) Tuesday saying he would resign his office within a week. Schedler’s resignation came after details of a sexual harassment law suit filed by an employee of his became public. In his letter, Schedler, 68, wrote, “I leave office with a heavy heart knowing I have disappointed the people in my life who care for me the most.” …….