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Altered States: Changing Populations, Changing Parties, and the Transformation of the American Political Landscape

Thomas M. Holbrook


This book looks at change in party fortunes in presidential elections since 1972, documenting the magnitude, direction, and consequences of changes in party support in the states. It finds that the Democrats do not have a “lock” on the Electoral College, but that their position has improved dramatically over the past forty years in a number of formerly competitive or Republican-leaning states in the Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest. Republican candidates have made many fewer gains, mostly improving their position in “misplaced,” formerly Democratic states, such as Kentucky and West Virginia ... More

Keywords: electoral change, presidential election, party support, Democrats, Electoral College, Republicans, polarization, demographic change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190269128
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269128.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas M. Holbrook, author
Wilder Crane Professor of Government, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee