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Chapter 7 I. General Info: A. In all southern states, if you can win 3 or 4 urban areas, you will win the state. Democrats combine nearly all the black vote with enough white votes to gain majority, Republicans need 60% of white vote to win election. With the exception of Texas, every southern state has legislative term limits beginning in the 90s. V.O. Key writes in his “The Responsible Electorate” that voters respond to past events and actions rather than what could happen in the future. II. National States A. Georgia : In state elections it breaks down to Atlanta vs. rest of rural Georgia. Atlanta dominates Georgia politics. In the past, the county unit system offset the Atlanta vote but it has since been abolished in 1962. In the county system vote there was at least one seat for all 159 counties. Georgia repeatedly elected Newt Gingrich and became Speaker of the House in 94. Democrat #s are shrinking in this state and incumbent senator Max Cleland was voted out of office. B. Florida : Florida has a huge Hispanic population as well as elderly population. It has a low black population also. The transition to a competitive political environment in Florida is attributed to three things 1) in migration of conservative, middle class people 2) in migration of elderly 3) traditional Dems changing parties. Florida does not have on single dominant metro area that dominates politics. C. Virginia
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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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