Around the South for October 18th: SC, MS, & FL

South Carolina: Harris visits to rally Dems.  U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will be in town this week to try and rally the Democratic base ahead of the November midterms.  With stops in Columbia and Greenville, the senator may also be testing the waters for a 2020 presidential bid.  Mississippi: Professor urges harassment of Republicans.   James Thomas, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi, has come under fire for tweets that urged Democrats to harass Republican lawmakers in public.  “Put your whole damn fingers in their salads,” he wrote. “Take their apps and distribute them to the other diners. Bring boxes and take their food home with you on the way out. They don’t deserve your civility.”  Republican legislators have called for Thomas’ firing.  Florida: Polling shows tight races.  In the first major polling since Hurricane Michael devastated much of Florida’s panhandle, Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis remain statistically tied in the race for governor.  The St. Pete Polls poll also shows Republican Gov. Rick Scott with a two-point lead over Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in an equally tight race.