bb6 - Chapter 6: The Democratic Domination I. Irony of...

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Chapter 6: The Democratic Domination I. Irony of 1980s = democrats dominated congressional delegation even as GOP won 32/33 state residential elections A. Ideological repositioning of democrat opponents helps explain the continuing electoral predicament of the southern GOP i. Late 70s/early 80s – democrats enter as moderates and some veterans redefine themselves as moderates ii. Those who represented districts with small white populations voted with national party B. Reagan’s presidency persuaded many conservative whites to abandon democratic party C. Now GOP candidates face competition from moderate democrat opponents as they sought to expand their ranks in the southern house delegation i. Could win by championing civil rights to get black vote and vote conservatively on economic and social issues D. Northern democrats pissed that southern dems not voting with them – after Watergate scandal start to institute secret ballots for leadership positions to get southern dems out of power i. Southern dems would have to show significant party loyalty in order to
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2010 for the course GOV 335N taught by Professor Karch during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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bb6 - Chapter 6: The Democratic Domination I. Irony of...

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