Around the South for August 22nd: FL, NC, & KY

Florida: Scott leads Nelson in new poll.  Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) is up over U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D) by 4 points ahead of their senate election in November.  A 40-36 lead has Republicans feeling confident, but it remains within the margin of error.  Scott has a 61% favorability rating in the poll, perhaps even better news as the Summer draws to a close.  North Carolina: Holding feeling the burn.  Republican Congressman George Holding (NC-02) this week send out an email saying that he trails his Democratic opponent, Linda Coleman, by 3 points.  That news is surprising considering it is a relatively red district and Holding has a significant fundraising edge, and it could be a bad sign for North Carolina’s Republican incumbents in battleground districts.  Kentucky: Trump to campaign for Barr.  As U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R) faces a difficult reelection campaign in his Lexington-based district, reinforcements may be on the way.  Word is that President Donald Trump is planning to head to the Bluegrass State for a rally in support of Barr, who is in a tougher-than-expected race with Democratic candidate Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot.