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  •  It's actually a bit more complex than that (4+ / 0-)
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    but you are right about the initial reasoning for it.  Many dixiecrats are social conservatives who are very xenophobic and call themselves Democrats because their family has always been Democrat (for the reason you say though many of them don't actually realize that) and that they often view the GOP (correctly) as the "rich man's party" (on that they are correct).  They are increasingly just becoming Republican under the influence of religious leaders using social issues and (increasingly) xenophobia as the crucial wedge.  I know of what I speak, since one of my cousins is a now retired state senator from that area who called himself a Democrat, he was about as liberal as James Hagee (except perhaps on education issues).

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