Georgia Rep. John Barrow is a member of the narrowing ranks of Southern Democrats. If Barrow loses re-election this November, the Deep South could be without a single white, Democratic Congressman.
It looks as if there will be no rest for the weary, at least for Democratic House candidates in the South. Heading into Novemberís elections, except for a handful of races, Democratic opportunities in the region continue to be limited to districts that are heavily populated by minorities.
The question is whether another group that has struggled of late, Republicans in the Northeast, has some reason for hope this cycle, even with President Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.
Just two years ago, the 11 states of the old Confederacy sent 35 white Democrats to the U.S. House, and Democratic strategists were bragging that reports of the partyís demise in the South were premature.
But after the disastrous 2010 elections, the number of white Democrats has already shrunk by more than half, to just 16, and it could shrink even further, possibly to as few as 10 or 11 in a worst-case November scenario.
In fact, all five states of the Deep South ó South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana ó as well as Arkansas could be without a single white Democratic Congressman if Georgia Rep. John Barrow loses his bid for re-election and the party canít hold retiring Arkansas Rep. Mike Rossí open seat, which looks likely.
Both Greenís and Doggettís districts are actually majority Hispanic, while Cohenís is overwhelmingly black. Castorís district is majority-minority. The districts of Wasserman Schultz and Deutch have substantial numbers of Jewish voters, and aside from the considerable Hispanic populations, have more in common with districts in the Northeast than in the South.
The districts of Doggett and Price have substantial university populations and influence, making them much more liberal than the typical Southern district. And while Virginia left the Union, the districts of both Moran and Connolly are in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, and not particularly ďSouthern.Ē
Democratic strategists are hoping to offset expected losses in the region with gains in Florida, where they have opportunities in two new seats and against allegedly vulnerable GOP incumbents such as Reps. David Rivera, Steve Southerland and Daniel Webster. But aside from the Sunshine State and new Hispanic districts in Texas, additional Democratic opportunities in the region are all but nonexistent.
Republican House prospects in the Northeast are limited as well, but the party has some interesting opportunities in unusual places.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.