Political party switch myth debunked.

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Political party switch myth debunked.

Dylan Maynard, reporter

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When faced with the sobering reality that Democrats supported slavery; started the Civil War when the abolitionist Republican Party won the Presidency opposed the Civil Rights Movement, modern day liberals reflexively perpetuate rather pernicious myth that the southern Democrats of the 1950s and 1960s became Republicans, leading to the so-called “switch” of the parties.This is as ridiculous as it is easily debunked.when a Republican wave election swept the GOP into control of the House for the first time since 1952.  1994 was also the first time Republicans ever held a majority of House seats in the South–a full 30 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

From there, Republicans gradually built their support in the South until two more wave elections in 2010 and 2014 gave them the overwhelming majorities they enjoy today.

If this was a sudden “switch” to the Republican Party for the old Democrat segregationists, it sure took a long time to happen.

The reality is that it didn’t.  After the 1964 election–the first after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the opportune time for racist Democrat voters to abandon the party in favor of Republicans–Democrats still held a 102-20 House majority in states that had once been part of the Confederacy.  In 1960, remember, that advantage was 117-8.  A pickup of 12 seats (half of them in Alabama) is hardly the massive shift one would expect if  voters suddenly abandoned the Democratic Party in favor of the GOP.

In fact, voting patterns in the South didn’t really change all that much after the Civil Rights era. Democrats still dominated Senate, House, and gubernatorial elections for decades afterward.  Alabama, for example, didn’t elect a Republican governor until 1986. Mississippi didn’t elect one until 1991. Georgia didn’t elect one until 2002.

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