Around the South for Jun. 29: OK, TN & Jj

Oklahoma: Primary turnout sets records. Some 892,000 people voted in the Republican and Democratic primaries on Tuesday, compared to 796,000 in the 2016 presidential election, reports Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax. The Republican Primary had 452,000 voters, compared to 265,000 in 2014. The Democratic Primary saw a major increase, from 168,000 in 2014 to 395,000 this year. Observers attribute the increase in part to the successful medical marijuana proposal on the ballot, says the McCarville Report ……. Tennessee: GOP gubernatorial candidates receive endorsements. Former state Sen. Mae Beavers, who quit the governor’s race earlier this year, last week endorsed businessman Bill Lee in the Republican gubernatorial primary. The following day, the National Rifle Ass’n endorsed US Rep. Diane Black (R) for governor ……. Judges: Two Southerners considered for Supreme Court. According to the Washington Post, two Southern jurists are among the top seven potential candidates for appointment to the Supreme Court by President Trump. William Pryor Jr. of Alabama is on the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals. He is a critic of Roe v. Wade and is close to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Amul Thapar is on the 6thCircuit US Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, but prior to that was a federal prosecutor in Kentucky. Thapar is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …….