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How Will Alabama Vote In The 2008 Presidential Election—Views, Facts & History

How will Alabama vote in the 2008 Presidential election?

The odds are good that this deeply misguided state will cast its nine electoral votes for the Republican candidate. 

( Above you see a marker with the state motto of Alabama. Make of it what you will.)

It is not for me to give up on people. I don’t have any final call on who can be redeemed and who can not.

But I must say that Alabama is a place I have largely given up on.

This is because of a 2003 statewide referendum in Alabama.

In this vote, the people rejected a proposal by conservative Republican Governor Bob Riley to provide more funding for education, bring about a more equitable state tax scheme, and raise taxes on some people, though not all people, in Alabama. The initiative was also supported by Alabama Democratic Party.

Governor Riley cited a New Testament instruction to “take care of the least among us” as part of the reason he supported this measure.  

The plan was rejected 67% -33%. 

Do you imagine that Alabama has good educational results and a fair tax structure?  

What can you do with such a place? The people made the call about how that want to live and what values they have.

There are many good people in Alabama I am sure. I am sure these folks are tying their best.

Still, Alabama it’s John McCain territory all the way.

For many years Alabama voted Democratic as part of the “Solid South” of former Confederate states.

Alabama switched to supporting Republicans in seeming response to the Civil Rights movement.   

In 2004, whites in Alabama voted 80% 19% for George W. Bush while blacks voted 91%-6% for John Kerry.

It’s a clear and unfair simplification to say all whites who voted for Mr. Bush in Alabama are racist.

Yet the history of this state is there for all to consider.

Here are some basic facts about Alabama in Presidential elections—

2006 Population Of Alabama—4.599 Million, 23rd in population, 70% white, 26% black, 2% Hispanic, 1% Asian.

Here are some basic facts and history about Alabama.  

Recent winners— 2004–G.W. Bush 62%, 2000– G.W. Bush 56%, 1996– Dole 50%, 1992– G.W.H. Bush 48%, 1988– G.W.H. Bush 59%.

Last Democrat To Carry State—Jimmy Carter 1976.  

Last Non-Southern Democrat To Win State-John Kennedy 1960. This was at the end of the days of the Democratic Solid South.

Presidents From Alabama—None. 

Vice Presidents From Alabama—William King. (Above) Served only in 1853 as he died the year he was inaugurated. Vice President King was the running mate of Franklin Pierce.  Mr. King’s profile on the U.S. Senate web page shows a long career in the Senate. He was not a major player, but he saw a lot of history. The profile also hints at what I’ve read elsewhere. That Vice President King was gay and that he was involved with his one-time roommate and future President James Buchanan.     

Candidates For President From Alabama Winning At Least 3% Of The Popular Vote In A General ElectionGeorge Wallace,1968. Governor Wallace won 13% of the vote and carried five Southern states. His third-party states rights campaign is seen by some as a bridge for white Southerners from longtime allegiance to Democrats to the current Republican status quo.  

The house below is part of the de Tonti Historic District in Mobile.

  

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May 12, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, History, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Wow! How open minded of you to group everyone in one state as, ” deeply misguided “. I feel sorry for you. Go learn some history, there is a reason people “Dare to Defend Our Rights”

    Comment by Reagan | May 16, 2008

  2. Alabama taken as a whole is a deeply misguided place.

    Reagan is a good name for you in this case. Who can forget his campaign stop in Philadelphia, Mississippi to talk about states rights?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 16, 2008

  3. As a proud and bemused resident of the misguided State of Alabama, allow me to say that I am delighted you’ve given up on us. It helps us remain Alabama the Beautiful. And I would much rather be from the misguided State of Alabama than from Texas, home of George W… just saying …

    Comment by Elaine Bryan | July 18, 2008

  4. I wish you the best. Please leave a message you here when you fix the place up.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 18, 2008

  5. The majority in Alabama votes Republican because it is the party most in line with God’s Word. It has NOTHING whatsoever to do with race. The only racists and people I see talking hate are black. Why don’t you pay a visit to Alabama and think for yourselves instead of making up stereotypes that don’t exist here any more? We all want to live together in peace, but we want to do it the RIGHT way -by God’s Word. It’s a faith thing, not a race thing.

    Comment by dana | November 4, 2008

  6. I really can’t let the only comments left on this page be comments that just add fuel to the fire of Alabama stereotypes. Not everyone in Alabama is racist–though plenty are. Not everyone in Alabama is Christian–though there are a lot. Not everyone in Alabama is as backward as so many people seem to think and seem to emulate. A lot of it has to do with our education as a whole; one of the nation-wide trends is the higher your education, the more likely you are to vote Democrat. Since there is no point in trying to claim that our education system is one to brag about, it stands to reason that the majority of Alabama will side with the Republican party. If you look at the people near the larger cities or near the universities, you will find quite a number of the “Another bright blue dot in a big red state” bumper stickers. Just my two cents, since I was a little agitated by the comments I had read.

    Comment by Rebecca | November 6, 2008


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