The Fall of the Southern Democrats

The 2014 midterm elections — the nation’s largest midterm landslide in nearly a century — marked a political watershed for the Southern states in particular. Only four years ago, at the 2010 midterms, Democratic congressmen remained cautiously hopeful that their party could hold its ground — what remained of it — in the South. Arkansas congressman Vic Snyder even went on record saying he felt there would be many moderate Democrats in the South come next election cycle. However, even as analysts warned against writing off the Southern Democrats prematurely,…