Toward a one-party south?

Danny Hayes, Seth C. Mckee

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Abstract

Most observers now consider the American South a two-party region, with Democrats and Republicans competing vigorously for political office. In this article, we raise the possibility that the South has begun a transformation into a one-party region dominated by the GOP. Three factors tip the scales in the party's favor: the ideological congruence between the Republican Party and the region's electorate, the Republican trend among the region's younger voters, and the incumbency advantage accrued by current Republican officeholders. Using a vast array of longitudinal data from the South, we provide evidence that speaks to the daunting challenges facing the Democratic Party in the South. We also address the results in the South's 2006 midterm elections. The findings suggest that as the United States' most reliably Republican region continues to change, Democrats may have an exceedingly difficult time winning statewide races.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-32
Number of pages30
JournalAmerican Politics Research
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Republican Party growth
  • partisan change
  • party realignment
  • southern exceptionalism
  • southern politics
  • two-party competition
  • voting trends

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