1956 vs 1964 – a remarkable turnaround in US political fortunes and geography

When a political party gets walloped in an election, it clings on in the areas of its bedrock support. That happened in both the 1956 and 1964 US Presidential elections.

Yet the political geography of America had changed so much between those two elections thanks to the civil rights movements that what was the core bedrock area – the South – for one party in 1956 had become the bedrock for the other by 1964.
1956 US Presidential election result
1964 US Presidential election result

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