Right, and it was the Democrats that were against the Civil Right Act of 1964 and the "Southern Bloc" of 18 southern Democratic Senators and one Republican Senator led by Richard Russell (D-GA) launched a filibuster to prevent its passage.<quoted text>
You are right of course. The South was solidly Democratic until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed most forms of racial segregation. Nixon played to the racists with his "Southern Strategy" and forged a new coalition which continues to this day.
"After Kennedy's death, Johnson took the initiative in finishing what Kennedy started and broke a filibuster by Southern Democrats in March 1964; as a result, this pushed the bill for passage in the Senate. Johnson signed the revised and stronger bill into law on July 2, 1964. Legend has it that, as he put down his pen, Johnson told an aide, "We have lost the South for a generation", anticipating a coming backlash from Southern whites against Johnson's Democratic Party. Moreover, Richard Nixon politically counterattacked with the Southern Strategy where it would "secure" votes for the Republican Party by grabbing the advocates of segregation as well as most of the Southern Democrats."
Totals are in "YeaNay" format:
The original House version:
Southern Democrats: 787 (793%)
Southern Republicans: 010 (0100%)
Northern Democrats: 1459 (946%)
Northern Republicans: 13824 (8515%)
The Senate version:
Southern Democrats: 120 (595%)(only Ralph Yarborough of Texas voted in favor)
Southern Republicans: 01 (0100%)(John Tower of Texas)
Northern Democrats: 451 (982%)(only Robert Byrd of West Virginia voted against)
Northern Republicans: 275 (8416%)