South Wasn’t Always Fan of States Rights

"The strange, often forgotten, history of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850," by ERIC FONER in Politico.com: "Whenever I lecture to non-academic audiences about the Civil War era, someone is bound to insist that the South fought for states’ rights rather than the long-term survival of slavery. In an extreme version of this view, Abraham Lincoln … Continue reading South Wasn’t Always Fan of States Rights

South is Now Solid for Republicans

Virginia is the only Southern state with Democratic US Senators, Warner and Kaine. The remainder of the South is now solidly Republican for the first time ever. The transformation has taken place most recently in Louisiana, West Virginia, and North Carolina, with Democratic losses in the 2012 election. It's hard to imagine Louisiana and West … Continue reading South is Now Solid for Republicans

States Obama Took in 2008 That Are Now Trending Republican

Instead of looking at one national election, political scientists tend to analyze results as 50 state elections, to see deeper trends. Look at the states Obama won in 2008, representing 365 electoral votes. It was always a stretch that Obama would permanently turn North Carolina and Indiana blue, since he took those states by a … Continue reading States Obama Took in 2008 That Are Now Trending Republican