I'd have to disagree re: Georgia. Savannah, Valdosta, Thomasville (just north of Tallahassee) and other regions are actually quite well off. Ever drive through Georgia? There is some serious money down there. There is serious money in Savannah as well. Georgia has attracted quite a bit of business over the past ten years. Can we say NCR?<quoted text>
Georgia IS very poor, outside of Atlanta and a few other cities. The state of Georgia is often separate - in many ways - from the cities. And Atlanta is no longer a Southern city - people who live there have brought their money from elsewhere. And many of those people, those transplants, are quite liberal. There are many gay folk in Atlanta, for instance, these days.
UA is very liberal and Dublin, traditionally conservative, is quickly becoming liberal as well as more and more transplants move in from other places. We are in the midst of everything being turned upside down.
I would agree with the general trend that as areas become more urbanized/populated, they do tend to become less conservative in some ways. Why that is, I can't say.