Around the South for April 18th: FL, AL, & SC

Florida: Crist named to DCCC leadership team.  U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., a former Republican, has been named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s leadership team.  The DCCC is tasked with spearheading on-the-ground campaign duties for Democrats nationwide, with a major emphasis, obviously, on 2020.  Crist left the GOP in 2010 before losing elections for the senate and governor, then defeated Republican Rep. David Jolly in 2016.  Alabama: Roy Moore leads GOP polling.  Disgraced former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore leads a recent primary poll in Alabama, shocking the national GOP establishment.  Moore holds a strong lead over other announced and unannounced candidates, including Rep. Bradley Byrne, Rep. Mo Brooks and Rep. Gary Palmer.  Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) defeated Moore in 2017 following reports that Moore had allegedly sexually assaulted and otherwise acted inappropriately with several women, including several who were minors at the time.  South Carolina: Graham, Harris bring in out of state money.  U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and 2020 opponent, Democrat Jaime Harrison, are already well into fundraising ahead of their eventual clash.  In 2019 Graham has already raised $2 million, but just 17% of it has come from South Carolina donors.  Harrison meanwhile has raised some $230,000, with just 20% of that coming from in-state.