Around the South for July 26th: GA, TN, & OK

Georgia: McBath wins runoff.  Gun control activist Lucy McBath won the Democratic runoff over Keven Abel on Tuesday in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.  Buoyed by heavy spending from gun control groups, she will now face incumbent Republican Karen Handel, who is no stranger to big money races, having won the seat by defeating Jon Ossoff in the most expensive congressional campaign in U.S. history.  Tennessee: GOP gov.’s primary gets heated.  The four Republican candidates for governor in Tennessee have dumped $33 million in combined personal wealth into the race and are now lambasting one another over not supporting President Donald Trump sufficiently.  The state of the race led Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to warned the GOP candidates that they need to focus more on issues facing the state, but it figures to get more expensive, and nastier, ahead of the August 2nd primary.  Oklahoma:  Battle over Ethics Commission.  A legal fight over the state of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission has made its way to the state’s Supreme Court.  Some legislators have called it a ‘rogue agency’ and claimed that it considers itself a fourth branch of government.  On the other side, the commission received just $700,000 in funding this year from the legislature, when they claim they need more than $2 million to effectively operate.