Is the South gone from Democrats forever?
In the 2010 election, fully one-third of the 63 seats House Democrats lost came in the 11 states that comprise the modern South. The party lost a Senate seat in Arkansas and failed to come close to upsetting incumbents in North Carolina and Louisiana. Democrats lost all six southern governors races on the ballot last November.
The shellacking Democrats took nationally then was compounded in the South, an electoral devastation that continued after the election.
As we write in our Monday Fix column for the Post newspaper. We write:
Since the election, things have gone from bad to worse for Democrats in the South. In Louisiana, the state's attorney general and five state legislators - all Democrats - have switched to the Republican side since the 2010 midterms.
In Mississippi, Democrats didn't even field a candidate for lieutenant governor, state auditor or secretary of state for elections this year.
So, is the South gone for Democrats forever? Our full take is here.
| March 7, 2011; 10:23 AM ET
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