Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed, every congressman from the Deep South was a white Democrat. Fast forward to today, where only one White Democrat, rep. John Barrow of Georgia, is currently in office.
And as southern electoral districts are being redrawn, further polarizing voters along racial lines, some are questioning whether Democrats will ever be able to regain support in the deep South.
Democrats have had the hardest time in deep South states in recent years, particularly last November, when Republicans capitalized on voter dissatisfaction with the economy, the health care overhaul and President Barack Obama to score major gains. Republicans now control the governorships and legislatures in the five deep South states, allowing them to redraw political lines to conform with population changes as measured by the Census.