I've been thinking about this a lot recently- the Republicans have a stranglehold on the South in Presidential elections. There are exceptions, to wit, President Obama carried North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia in 2008. However, I would like to see Mr. Obama once again carry those states, plus places like South Carolina, which is the only other state in which I've lived, Mississippi, and Alabama. Democrats have a solid advantage among black voters. There are a lot of black folks in the South, so that's a start. So my question, as a fifth-generation native-born white Floridian, is how can Democrats spread their message of hope and change among white Southerners? Of course, we know progressive white Southerners exist; I'm living proof of that. I love to eat grits, drink sweet tea, and I even own a Confederate flag, which sits neatly folded in my closet. I'm a descendent of a Confederate veteran, one branch of my family has lived in Florida since the 1800s and my Mommy's side of the family is from Alabama. My Hispanic grandmother is from WAY down south. :laugh: I'm all of those things and I'm a far-left democratic socialist ideologue. What I'm wondering is how we can have more people like me.