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Southern Democrats Rethink Moves As Losses Set In

By    |   Thursday, 06 Nov 2014 10:00 AM

After a divisive election that saw Republicans sweep many races —including seven Southern state governorships won by double-digit margins — Democrats in the region have pivoted to form rebuilding plans as all eyes turn to 2016, The New York Times reported.

"In the foggy hangover of Wednesday morning, Democrats in the South maintained in interviews that such Republican gains should not be considered permanent. But neither were they kidding themselves about the length and difficulty of the road ahead," the Times wrote in assessing the fallout and a better path for their futures.

Both sides in the hard-fought midterms pointed their fingers of blame in one direction, the Times reported. "It’s Obama," Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, told the Times on Wednesday. "It wasn’t just Arkansas. It was all over the country. There’s only one common denominator."

Other Southern politicos called for a change in campaign tactics. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said there is much work to do to get crucial minority voters, included an estimated 800,000 unregistered black and Latinos in his state alone, to the polls.

"We needed to change the electorate," Reed told the Times.

One other noted shift was in white Southern Democrats, which The Washington Post dubbed "an endangered species," as they racked up losses in several midterm races in Southern states.

One lone Democrat, incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, remains the party's last hope in the South, but even she is locked in a runoff race against her Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, NPR noted.

As Democrats strategize about a way forward, financing the future will be costly. The 2014 election cycle set spending records, Newsweek noted, citing data from The Center for Responsive Politics, which showed Republicans and their supporters spent $1.92 billion while Democrats at $1.76 billion.

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After a divisive election that saw Republicans sweep many races -including seven Southern state governorships won by double-digit margins - Democrats in the region have pivoted to form rebuilding plans as all eyes turn to 2016, The New York Times reported.
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