Class, Race Issues, and Declining White Support for the Democratic Party in the South

  title={Class, Race Issues, and Declining White Support for the Democratic Party in the South},
  author={Mark D. Brewer and Jeffrey M. Stonecash},
  journal={Political Behavior},
The Democratic Party in the South has experienced a major loss of white voters in recent decades. Two major hypotheses have been proposed to explain this change. The dominant explanation in recent years has been that race issues have driven whites from the Democratic Party in the South. In this view, defections from the Democratic Party have occurred because whites oppose the party's positions on race issues. In contrast, others have suggested that class divisions have emerged as important… Expand
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