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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:25 PM

Republicans face unexpected challenges in coastal South amid shrinking white vote

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 ó despite doing no substantive campaigning in any of those states.

Much of the post-election analysis has focused on the demographic crisis facing Republicans among Hispanic voters, particularly in Texas. But the results across other parts of the South, where Latinos remain a single-digit minority, point to separate trends among blacks and whites that may also have big implications for the GOPís future.

The results show a region cleaving apart along new electoral fault lines. In the regionís center, clustered along the Mississippi River ó where Bill Clinton polled most strongly ó the GOP remains largely unchallenged and the voting divide between blacks and whites is deepening. Nearly nine of 10 of white voters in Mississippi, for instance, went for Republican nominee Mitt Romney this year, according to exit polls. About 96 percent of black voters in the state supported Obama.

Obamaís 2012 numbers in the Southeastern coastal states outperformed every Democratic nominee since Carter and significantly narrowed past gaps between Democratic and Republican candidates. The lone possible exception is Georgia in 1996, which gave Arkansas native Bill Clinton 45.8 percent in 1996; Obama fell 0.4 percent short of that mark in tentative 2012 results, but ongoing revisions could close the gap.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-face-unexpected-challenges-in-coastal-south-amid-shrinking-white-vote/2012/11/23/02cbda58-336a-11e2-bb9b-288a310849ee_print.html

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armkev Jan 2013 #1
Drunken Irishman Jan 2013 #2
Agschmid Jan 2013 #4
Cha Jan 2013 #9
mikekohr Jan 2013 #12
AlinPA Jan 2013 #3
Agschmid Jan 2013 #5
KCDem Jan 2013 #6
Agschmid Jan 2013 #7
MaeScott Jan 2013 #8
Cha Jan 2013 #10
bemildred Jan 2013 #11
CBHagman Jan 2013 #13
Hekate Jan 2013 #14

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Response to armkev (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:53 PM

2. Hey...how 'bout you go fuck yourself you racist piece of shit?

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:56 PM

4. Thank-you.

Normally I don't like all the bad words.. but in this case perfect!

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:59 PM

9. Brawaawaaaa, DI.. You just told mitt romney to

to go fuck himself.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:21 PM

12. Thanks for standing up for decency with vigor. nt

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Response to armkev (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:56 PM

3. Your reply sounds like a racist republican.

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Response to AlinPA (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:57 PM

5. No they are not... just taking out the trash.

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Response to armkev (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:02 PM

6. Welcome to DU; I'm sure you'll be here a LONG time

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Response to KCDem (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:15 PM

7. And they are gone. Woot. n/t

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:32 PM

8. The majority of the country hates republicans, y'all. nt

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:03 PM

10. Good to have happening and to know!

How long before teabagger idiots turn Arizona BLUE?

Only .04% below Clinton in Arkansas!

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:28 AM

11. Yep, and not yet able to confront the changes required to stanch the bleeding.

A fine prospect for progressives.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:54 PM

13. Somehow I missed this story.

Thank you for posting it. I've been hearing for two decades about the implications of changing demographics on the political make-up of the country, but I hadn't read anything new about the Southeast. Immigration and other factors (Retirement trends, perhaps?) really ought to be reshaping the South in one fashion or another.

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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:11 AM

14. My heart just bleeds for the GOP. They are self-deporting from this century.

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