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August 04, 2016

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I was here when the Democratic Party died as a statewide force (~2009-2010). 20% of the seats in the legislature shifted from D to R. Baxley had the economic populist-social conservative dance down pat. Wasn't enough for a general election year after Barack Obama reconfigured Southern politics.

A majority of elected sheriffs in Alabama (including mine) are still Democrats though. In Huntsville we have non-partisan mayoral elections, so we had the odd situation of a Republican (Tommy Battle) getting a large majority of black voters _and_ younger voters against a registered Democrat in 2008. In 2012 the Alabama Democratic Conference (the state's black caucus) endorsed him.

Southern politics is weirder than you would assume.

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