Around the South for September 27th: FL, SC, & AL

Florida: Gillum leads in the polls.  Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum has maintained a 4(ish) point lead in the polls over Republican opponent Ron DeSantis for the entire month of September.  Now with millions of dollars pouring in from rich Democratic mega-donors such as California progressive billionaire Tom Steyer, he’ll hope to maintain that advantage through election day.  South Carolina: Judge rules to keep corruption findings secret.  A Circuit Court judge this week ruled to keep findings on corruption in South Carolina’s General Assembly under wraps.  Critics have called for the report’s release, saying that the public deserves to know just how deep the corruption runs – already four lawmakers have resigned due to misconduct charges.  Alabama: Ivey refuses to debate.  Republican Governor Kay Ivey is refusing to debate her Democrat opponent ahead of November’s elections, saying that only “the media and my opponent” care about seeing a debate.  Said opponent, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, rebutted that “I do not believe that you should hide from the people who pay your salary.”