Around the South for May 10: MS, NC & OK


Mississippi: Shelton drops Senate bid. Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton (D) has dropped out of the special election to finish the rest of former US Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R) term. Shelton’s withdrawal leaves only one Democrat in the race, former US Rep. Mike Espy, who will now have a better chance of making the runoff. Two Republicans are running, state Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Chris McDaniel. A candidate must get a majority of the votes to win ……. North Carolina: Jones wins reelection. US Rep. Walter Jones (R), an outspoken maverick who has never been afraid to take a controversial stand, won renomination in Tuesday’s Republican Primary in the Tar Heel State’s 3rd District. Jones garnered 43%, his two-time foe Phil Law received 29% and Craven County Commissioner Scott Dacey had 28%. There is no Democratic nominee, so Jones has essentially been reelected to what he has announced will be his last term ……. Oklahoma: State Supreme Court upholds voter ID law. This week the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the state’s voter ID law, passed by voters in 2010. “Requiring voters to show proof of identity serves to protect the integrity and reliability of the electoral process,” said the court, adding it is “a reasonable procedural regulation.” Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license and ID cards issued by the federal government or by Indian tribes …….