Endarch: Journal of Black Political Research


The facts on the ground suggest that the breakthrough was exactly that – a breakthrough. While it signals what is possible and where the rest of the South is headed, assuming continued political organizing around day-to-day concerns, the current right wing hold on politics in the South remains a formidable reactionary force on city councils, within county commissions, among judiciary and in state bodies. Despite Obama’s groundbreaking wins in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, a closer look at his performance, especially among young white Southerners, suggests that the change many believe has already been achieved has, in fact, not yet arrived. Transformative strategies are necessary to secure and build on the 2008 breakthrough.

Keywords: Presidential politics; electoral strategies; the African-American vote; southern politics, racial politics