Around the South for September 19th: TX, GA, & FL

Texas: Cruz up big in new poll.  A new poll from Quinnipiac shows Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz up 9 points, 54-45, over challenger Beto O’Rourke.  Those numbers show a bigger gap than some recent polls, which have showed the high profile Democrat within 5 points.  Georgia: Judge gives go-ahead for midterms.  A U.S. Attorney has decided not to force Georgia to swap to paper ballots ahead of the November midterms, but she wasn’t happy about it.  US District Judge Amy Totenberg said that “State election officials had buried their heads in the sand” when failing to properly audit their elections systems, which have been found to be outdated and highly vulnerable to cyberattacks.  However with such little time before November, she declined to force state officials to make the switch to paper ballots, calling it “logistically impossible.”  Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the man in charge of those elections systems, is currently the GOP’s candidate for governor in the state.  Florida: GOP boasts major fundraising haul.  The Florida Republican Party has raised a whopping $7.6 million since the primary elections, a period of just 17 days.  That number is likely to be matched by Democrats when they post their own totals, priming what figures to be a whirlwind final month and half heading into the midterms.