Around the South for September 10th: VA, AL, & FL

Virginia: Stewart closes in on Kaine.  The US Senate race in Virginia between controversial state Rep. Corey Stewart, and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine is the closest it’s been in while based on a recent poll. Of the people polled, Kaine won support of 50.2% of likely voters, compared to 45.7% for Stewart. Kaine had an 18 point lead as recent as June, and is trying to avoid an unexpected election night nail-biter like the one experienced by his colleague Senator Mark Warner in 2014.  Alabama: Moore sues for libel.  Former Alabama US Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 million for defamation of character, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud after appearing on Cohen’s show “What is America”. On the show that aired July 29, Cohen got Moore to submit to a test to determine if he was a pedophile, and Cohen determined on the show that he had failed. This comes after Moore had multiple accusations pointed to him of sexual assault of underage women while he was a young lawyer.  Florida: Marijuana legalization gains support.  A recent poll has found that 49.3% of Sunshine State respondents support the full legalization of marijuana. In the same poll, the governor’s race between Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis was pretty much a tie with Gillum holding a slight 47.6% lead to DeSantis’ 47.3%. For marijuana to be legalized in Florida in the form of a constitutional amendment, 60% of voters will have to approve of the measure, but with momentum forming, and the issue coming up in the governor’s race, supporters are starting to feel optimistic on marijuana legalization.