Around the South for May 23rd: KY, SC, & FL

Kentucky: Beshear wins Dem nomination.  Attorney General Andy Beshear won the Democratic primary for governor this week, setting up a showdown with current Gov. Matt Bevin.  The two have had a testy relationship over the past four years, waging a series of legal battles over pension and education.  South Carolina: Biden boasts big lead.  The Palmetto State is one of the key early states for the Democratic presidential primary, and if early polls are any indicator then former Vice President Joe Biden has a major advantage.  A poll from Columbia-based Crantford Research has Biden at 42% of respondents’ first choice, followed distantly by California Sen. Kamala Harris at 10% and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 8%.  Florida: DeSantis calls for elections security check.  Following a report that Russian hackers successfully breached two counties’ election data ahead of the 2016 election, Gov. Ron DeSantis has called for a security check to ensure that elections infrastructure in the state is protected.  The state’s budget, still awaiting the governor’s signature, designates an additional $2.8 million in cybersecurity grants for county elections departments.