President Donald Trump’s approval ratings in Dixie are moving up.
A new NBC News|SurveyMonkey online poll reveals that 54 percent of voters in the South approve of Trump’s presidency so far.
This survey of voters in 11 southern states revealed that 38 percent of voters said they “strongly approve” of Trump’s administration, while 16 percent said they “somewhat approve.” This is slightly higher than September of last year, when his approval rating was at 52 percent.
These numbers are also higher than Trump’s national approval rating. NBC News reported last week that Trump’s national approval rating had risen to 48 percent.
There was considerable variation in Trump’s approval ratings. In Alabama, Trump has a 60 percent approval rating. On the other hand, 48 percent approve of the Trump administration in Georgia.
Southerners are content with the state of the economy. 72 percent of respondents stated that the Trump economy is “very good” or “fairly good.”
More Southerners even think that race relations are improving in their states. Twenty percent said they’re improving, while 14 percent believed so back in September. The number of people who said relations are worsening dropped substantially, going from 44 percent in September to 34 percent in the most recent poll. 44 percent claimed that race relations are “about the same.”
51 percent of voters in Mississippi said they would like to see the Supreme Court strike down Roe v. Wade. Earlier this year Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed into law a bill prohibiting abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected.
This poll was conducted from July 2 to July 16 in states like Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Despite the media hand-wringing, Trump is uniting people across the spectrum. At the very least, he is still maintaining his support in the South, a region many said he would not win during the Republican primaries due to Trump supposedly not having bona fide social conservative credentials.
Based on these numbers, the South should be a lock for Trump.
The real electoral battles will be in the Midwest, where Trump shocked the world in 2016 when he pulled off victories in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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