Around the South for July 25th: AL, LA, & MS

Alabama: Minority parties fill ballots.  10 independent party candidates, and 2 libertarian candidates have qualified to be on the Alabama ballot in several state house and senate districts in the November 6 general election.The candidates were able to garner the minimum percentage of signatures on a petition of the registered voters in their districts to get on the ballot.  Louisiana:  a congressional candidate arrested for impersonating officer. Billy Burkette qualified last Friday to run for the seat in the 5th congressional district. However, Burkette was ultimately detained by deputies, and arrested on the outstanding warrant upon completion of his backround check.  Mississippi: Fundraising ramps up. $3 million has already been spent in the special election to determine who will fill the remainder of retired Senator Thad Cochran’s term. Over half of the 180,000 contributions to the candidate’s committees have been from out of state, and the incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith has raised $650,000 from out of state PAC’s since April 1.