Around the South for July 16th: GA, FL, & KY

Georgia: Gov.’s race too close to call.  The GOP gubernatorial runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp is nearly dead even, with the latest poll from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution giving Kemp a 3 point lead, within the margin of error.  A race that has gotten nasty in recent weeks looks to get even nastier as it heads toward voting day on July 24th.  Florida: Big money in CD-6.  The race to replace U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, now running for governor, is looking to be an expensive one, with multiple candidates already raising $1 million+ in the early stages of their campaigns.  Mike Waltz looks to be the best-funded Republican, while Democratic frontrunner and former U.S. Ambassador Nancy Soderberg has raised over $1.5 million of her own since joining the race.  Kentucky: Transparency concerns in court system.  An audit of the Bluegrass State’s court system this month shows a “pervasive lack of accountability” and resistance to transparency.  Incidents such as the leasing of expensive office space from a newly-elected Supreme Court Justice’s sons has raised the eyebrows of many around the state concerned at the state of the court system.