Around the South for August 29th: SC, FL, & TX

South Carolina: McMaster calls Dems “dogs.”  South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (R), in the midst of a re-election bid, called members of the opposing party “dogs” who “in a pack (are) dangerous.”  McMaster currently leads opponent Columbia state Rep. James Smith (D), by less than 5 points according to a recent poll.  Florida: Gillum wins Dem nod.  Democrat Andrew Gillum scored an upset win in the Democratic primary for governor in Florida on Tuesday night, becoming the latest in a string of black candidates to win in the South.  He will face Trump favorite U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) in November.  Texas:  Senate race tightens.  In what would have been unthinkable just a handful of years ago, the race for Ted Cruz’s U.S. Senate seat has tightened to the point that the GOP is worried about November’s results.  Dem candidate Beto O’Rourke has become one of the faces of his party in this election cycle, posting huge fundraising numbers and shrinking the polling gap down to the margin of error.  Cruz has appealed to President Trump to come help him out on the campaign trail in the Lone Star State this Fall, showing he needs all the help he can get in what has become the most high profile race of the year.