The South: From Toehold to Foothold

Republicans, who had previously hacked out only a tenuous toehold in the South, last week went a long way toward making it a firm foothold. In addition to returning its first popularly elected U.S. Senator in Tennessee, the G.O.P. provided Governors in Arkansas and Florida for the first time since Reconstruction and may possibly claim a gubernatorial victory in Georgia as well. In 13 Southern and border states, the G.O.P. made a record modern-day gain of nine congressional seats. This year, moreover, many of the South's...

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