Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
In an article released today, The Atlantic examined how shifting demographics in the Deep South may have not only played a part in the recent elections, but could spell a Southern rebound for Democrats.
Southern states have the fastest-growing Latino population in America, particularly Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas, according to The Atlantic. Georgia and Mississippi could be majority-minority states within a decade, and cities and suburbs across the Deep South are flourishing from an influx of white-collar professionals.
These region shifts have already begun influence voter trends, though on a minor level. A few long-Republican regions went blue in the most recent election, particularly four regions in Mississippi. The Atlantic speculates that this could be a ripple toward a Democratic stronghold should Republican conservatives continue advocating extremism right-wing doctrine.
Organizations like Southern Progress Fund are already hard at work on the ground building support in red regions for Democratic campaigns.
For more, check out The Atlantic story in its entirety here.