Around the South for October 4th: MS, TX, & SC

Mississippi: Trump supports Hyde-Smith.  Because of Mississippi’s election rules, November in the state will feature a jungle primary to decide the state’s next senator.  Incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, the presumed favorite, was appointed earlier this year, and this week President Donald Trump visited the state to voice his support for her.  That angered supporters of firebrand Chris McDaniel, another Republican who has not been shy about gunning for ‘establishment candidates.’  Democrat Mike Espy is also in the running.  Texas: Pence to stump for Cruz.  Vice President Mike Pence will head to the Lone Star State next week to campaign for Sen. Ted Cruz, who is facing a tight contest against Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke.  Pence will also stump for Dallas’ U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, also in a difficult battle with Colin Allred for his seat.  South Carolina: State legislators prepare for special session.  South Carolina’s state legislature will be back in Columbia this month to decide whether to sustain or override $35.8 million in budget vetoes by Gov. Henry McMaster, including almost $16 million for health care services.  They will also debate removing millions of dollars in college spending from the state’s budget, a move that McMaster has blasted as “open(ing) the door to misspending and even corruption.”