The 2000 Presidential Election in the South: Partisanship by Robert P. Steed, Laurence W. Moreland

By Robert P. Steed, Laurence W. Moreland

This quantity is the 5th in a chain of analyses of elections within the South starting with the 1984 basic elections and carrying on with in 1988, 1992, and 1996. whereas the presidential election has been the point of interest, different very important features of latest Southern electoral politics have additionally been tested, together with congressional and country elections in addition to the final prestige of celebration improvement and festival in every one Southern state.Steed and Moreland proceed the overall association plan of the former courses during this quantity, starting with an introductory bankruptcy on basic concerns and heritage, a bankruptcy on presidential primaries, an exam of the actual problems with the 2000 presidential election, and a glance at faith and Southern politics. specialists at the person states then study the contests in every one kingdom, and the quantity concludes with a precis of the teachings to be received from the 2000 election cycle. An definitive paintings for all students, scholars, and researchers concerned with modern Southern politics and presidential elections.

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Page 22 24. , ed. Smidt, “Change and Stability in the Partisanship of Southern Evangelicals: An Analysis of the 1980 and 1984 Presidential Elections,” in Religion in American Politics, ed. Smidt, “‘Born Again’ Politics: The Political Attitudes and Behavior of Evangelical Christians in the South and Non-South,’’ in Religion and Politics in the South, ed. Moreland (New York: Praeger, 1983). 25. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox, Second Coming: The New Christian Right in Virginia Politics (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).

In addition, Gore depended more heavily Page 12 on secular voters. Overall, Bush’s alliance of believers outnumbered Gore’s godly coalition by a small margin, suggesting the religious basis for competitive elections in the future. 5 In part, this lacuna reflects attention to more dramatic topics, such as race and economic development. ” All told, the southern religious landscape was always complex and has become more so in the last generation. On the one hand, social changes have brought a variety of new faiths and secularism into the region, and on the other, traditional southern religion has become even more distinctive in the context of growing diversity.

For both groups, the table also presents an estimate of the percentage of the Bush and Gore vote provided by these core constituencies. The size of the Religious Right vote ranged from a low of 14 percent in Texas and Florida to a high of 30 percent in Arkansas and 27 percent in Tennessee. Perhaps the latter figures represent a reaction to the character issue for Clinton and Gore. Generally speaking, the Religious Right vote was modestly larger in the Deep South (mean of 23 percent) than in the Rim South (mean 21 percent).

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