Around the South for Jun. 28: SC, OK & VA

South Carolina: Runoffs bring few surprises. With President Trump making an election-eve appearance on his behalf, on Tuesday Gov. Henry McMaster won the GOP runoff 53% to 47% for businessman John Warren. Warren congratulated McMaster but did not endorse him. Speculation is that Warren might run against US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) in 2020. In the 4th District runoffs for retiring US Rep. Trey Gowdy’s (R) congressional seat, state Sen. William Timmons defeated former state Sen. Lee Bright for the Republican nod, and Brandon Brown, making his second race for congress, defeated Doris Lee Turner for the Democratic nomination ……. Oklahoma: Cornett, Stitt headed for runoff; medical pot wins. Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett with 29.35%, and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt with 24.41% will face off in a Republican gubernatorial runoff on August 28. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, the presumed frontrunner, came in third with 23.87%. The winner will face Drew Edmondson, the Democratic nominee. A proposal to legalize medical marijuana carried by 56% to 43%. Critics said it was loosely worded and could lead to legal recreational use of marijuana ……. Virginia: Federal judges rule against state House districts.  A three-judge federal panel, in a two-to-one ruling, held that the legislature sorted voters into districts based on race. Former Attorney General Eric Holder (D), a potential presidential candidate, called the decision “an important ruling against racial gerrymandering.” Republicans plan to appeal to the US Supreme Court, reported the Washington Post …….