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Southern Seats Line Road to Majority

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From left: Blue Dog Reps. Heath Shuler, John Barrow and Mike Ross are among the few white Southern House Democrats left in Congress after the 2010 elections. Republicans are looking to target them in 2012.

“Democrats lost their historic base and haven’t been able to build anything to replace it,” said Charles Bullock, a political science professor at the University of Georgia. “In the short run, it looks pretty bleak for 2012, but in the long run, the Republican Party remains exclusively a party that appeals to white voters and, in a number of southern states, at some point in the future you’re simply not going to have enough white voters to win with.”

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