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Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:40 AM

Republicans face unexpected challenges in coastal South amid shrinking white vote

By Douglas A. Blackmon, Published: November 24

OXFORD, Miss. — Late on election night, a small melee erupted at the University of Mississippi here when a group of white students frustrated by the reelection of President Obama marched outside and began shouting racial slurs at African American students. Several hundred people gathered to watch as two white students were arrested.

“Mississippi still has a lot of work to do in race relations,” said Kimbrely Dandridge, an African American Obama supporter and president of the student body.

Yet even as that incident evoked ugly memories of an earlier era, Election Day in the South told a newer and more surprising story: The nation’s first black president finished more strongly in the region than any other Democratic nominee in three decades, underscoring a fresh challenge for Republicans who rely on Southern whites as their base of national support.

Obama won Virginia and Florida and narrowly missed victory in North Carolina. But he also polled as well in Georgia as any Democrat since Jimmy Carter, grabbed 44 percent of the vote in deep-red South Carolina and just under that in Mississippi — despite doing no substantive campaigning in any of those states.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:23 AM

1. But... but... according to some DU denizens, we should just drop

off the face of the universe because we're too red (forgetting, of course, about the more-than-red mid-west corridor that moves from Texas up to Montana).

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Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:27 AM

2. Actually Georgia is starting to look promising.

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