Writing for the New York Times’ The Upshot, Nate Cohn drapes an impressive fever chart over his review of the demise of Democratic fortunes in the South.
In 1960, Democrats held every U.S. Senate seat, every governor’s mansion and control of both houses in every legislature in the combined states of South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee. And that one-party domination had been pretty much continuous since Reconstruction.
If, as expected, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu loses the runoff in Louisiana Saturday, Republicans will control all of those offices in all of those states. The transition has been sharp and steady. Cohn does a great summary of how it happened and why. Landrieu, Mark Pryor in Arkansas and Michelle Nunn in Georgia represented the last few cases of candidates who came from families with once-popular names and who were still able to survive as Democrats. But until history decides what it is going to do next, that tale is told. The old blue solid South is now the new red solid South.