How bad was the Democrat’s election performance across states in the South?
A lot worse than you might have thought (and that will be true even if you thought it was terrible).
From Ron Brownstein :
The generation-long political retreat of Democrats across the South is disintegrating into a rout. President Bush dominated the South so completely in last month’s presidential election that he carried nearly 85% of all the counties across the region … In Southern counties without a substantial number of African American or Latino voters, Bush virtually obliterated Kerry. Across the 11 states of the old Confederacy, plus Kentucky and Oklahoma, whites constitute a majority of the population in 1,154 counties. Kerry won 90 of them. By contrast, Bill Clinton won 510 white-majority counties in the South eight years ago.