Can Obama Win the South????

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“Southern Thoughts!”

Since: Feb 08

Zebulon, North Carolina

#1 Feb 13, 2008
Do you think Obama can win the south? With a majority of White Republicans can he have a victory in the south if voted the democratic nominee?
Robert Williams

Cleveland, OH

#2 Mar 11, 2008
As well qualified as he is, Barack will have difficulty winning in the South among white Republicans and some white Democrats. Lincoln's Republican Party for the most part, lost the Congess to Democrats from the end of Reconstruction in the South (1877) until 1994. While Lincoln was no longer President, the party was unable to maintain favor of the South for the obvious. Following Reconstruction, th South beganvoting solidly Democratic until passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, largely supported by LBJ and the Democrat-controlled House and Senate. At that time, Democrats began to gradually lose the southern states one-by-one over a 30-year period until 1994, by which time the majority of the South turned Republican again (or Red). While Barack has done well in the primaries among Democrats representing White, African American, and some Hispanics, some of this is attributed to the fact that Katrina has displaced hundreds of thousands of African Americans to the states of Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Kansas, and a few others, all of where he has received 90 % of the support of that demographic sector of the US.

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