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The Republican South:
Democratization and Partisan Change
David Lublin

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List of Figures xi
List of Tables xiii
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xix
Chapter One
Introduction 1
Core Questions 2
Describing Partisan Change 3
A Typology of Partisan Change 3
Classifying Partisan Change in the South 6
Explaining Partisan Change in the South 8
The Historical Role of Race in the South 9
Political Elites and Partisan Change 15
Institutions and Partisan Change 20
Racial Issues, Racial Context, and Partisan Change 23
Racial, Economic, and Social Issues and Partisan Change 28
Outline of the Book 31
Chapter Two
The Pace of Republican Gains 33
Federal Elections 34
Presidential Elections 34
Congressional Elections 36
State Elections 40
Gubernatorial Elections 40
State Legislative Elections 46
Local Elections 53
Top-Down Republican Gains? 60
Conclusion 64
Chapter Three
Strategic Elites and Partisan Choice 66
Why Focus on Local and State Legislative Contests? 67
An Indicator of Partisanship 67
Strategic Behavior by Elites 70
The Local Elections Database 73
Candidate Recruitment 74
Republican Contestation of Southern Elections 75
The Incumbency Advantage in Local Elections 81
Conclusion 93
Chapter Four
The Role of Institutions 95
The History of Institutions in Southern Politics 96
Racial Redistricting in the Nineteenth Century 96
The Establishment of Primary and Runoff Elections 98
Racial Redistricting 99
Criticisms and Defenses of Racial Redistricting 101
Racial Redistricting Stimulates Partisan Change 104
Primary Elections 115
Enfranchisement, the Democratic Primary, and Partisan Change 116
Louisiana 123
The Initiative Process and Term Limits 126
No Party Labels on the Ballot:The Case of Virginia 127
Conclusion 131
Chapter Five
The Impact of Racial Context 134
Race Remains Central to Black Partisanship 135
The History of Black Partisanship 137
Maintaining Black Support for the Democrats Today 141
Racial Threat, Electoral Outcomes, and White Voting Behavior 146
National Elections 151
County and State Legislative Elections 155
County and State Legislative Elites 159
Submerged White Backlash?162
Conclusion 170
Chapter Six
Issues and White Partisanship 172
Explaining White Partisan Change in the South 172
Racial Explanations 173
Class or Social Issue Explanations 174
Multiple Factors? 175
The Overemphasis on Racial Issues 177
Assessing the Relative Importance of Racial, Economic, and Social Issues 183
Racial Issues and Democratic Officials 183
Class, Economic Issues, and Partisan Change 187
Social Issues and Partisan Change 192
Comparing the Impact of Racial, Economic, and Social Issues 207
Economic Issues Remain Paramount 207
Racial and Social Issues Have Grown in Importance 210
Conclusion 213
Chapter Seven
The Future of Southern Politics 217
A New "Solid South"? 218
Issues and Southern Politics 221
Do Long-Term Trends Favor the Democrats? 223
Rising Minority Population 223
Supreme Court Attacks on Racial Redistricting 230
Appendix 233
Index 239

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