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Southern Voting behavior since the 1960s Voters in many areas of the US are apt to vote differently as a whole from election to election The nation has also had a decreased turnout rate for the presidential and local elections The South has typically not followed these patterns that the rest of has seemed to be following The Southern whites of the US have typically followed and voted for the more conservative candidate and party Where as the Southern blacks have typically when they have been able to vote voted for the more liberal party or candidate The South was at one time a Democratic stronghold and has in the past 30 years become a typically conservative voting electorate This tendency of voting by race for the liberal or conservative candidate has been a continuing occurrence Southern turn out for elections has been significantly lower than the rest of the nation as well over the same time period This bias of the past 30 years as well as voter turn out has only recently began to change in the South In the beginning of and prior to the 1960s the South was a Democratic stronghold and it was rare for there to be any competition from Republicans in these non competitive states Mulcahy p56 A poll taken in the 1960s showed that the southern states were the obvious stronghold of Democratic identification The extreme case was Louisiana where 66 identified with the Democratic partyBlack p44 This all began to change as the Democratic party became more liberal in its national policy views The Democrats became too liberal in their policies concerning civil rights for the white Southerners to continue voting for them Mulcahy p40 This reason along with others is what drove the Southern whites to change there voting habits of the last 100 years The white Southerners began to vote for presidents of the Republican party and for Independents such as the Dixiecrats
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