|The Democratic Party|
Ball does not deny that a Democratic renaissance is far less than certain. But Ball does note that a string of recent Democratic victories at local levels does suggest that the GOP does not have a permanent lock on the electorate.
Ball cites Obama's 2008 and 2012 triumphs in Virginia and Florida, his 2008 North Carolina win and 2012 close call as evidence that Democratic fortunes might be growing in the former Confederacy.
Fueling this potential, of course, are the changing demographics of the region. A growing Hispanic share of the Southern population, along with an influx African-Americans returning to the South might allow the Democrats to compete in a state like Georgia in coming election cycles.
The Atlantic's Molly Ball: A Democratic Revival in the South?
"At current rates of growth, Georgia and Mississippi could be majority-minority states within a decade."
----Molly Ball, The Atlantic