2008 SOUTH-WIDE VOTE TOTAL*
John McCain - 21,047,740 - 53%
Barack Obama - 18,604,726 - 47%
Obama won at least 40% of the vote in every Southern state except Alabama and Arkansas, where in each case he won 39%.
Remember those numbers the next time you hear a pundit or blogger call the South a "Republican" region. Like the rest of the country, it is a region divided.
And notably, for 18.6 million Southerners, it was a time to elect the first African-American to the White House.
* The Institute includes the following state in its definition of the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Facing South points out that Obama did relatively well in the Republican-encumbered South: