Title

All aout race? Electoral politics in Mississippi

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2001

Abstract

This article examines the degree to which county level voting patterns in Mississippi, the state with the largest African American population, are a function of race. It also tests V.O. Key's racial threat hypothesis in the context of Democratic and Republican general election contests in the state. Race remains the most important variable in explaining county level voting patterns in Mississippi. It is not, however, the only important variable in explaining county voting results. Racial threat remains an important factor in Mississippi elections. As Key hypothesized, as the percentage of African Americans in a county population increases, so does the propensity of the white electorate to vote conservatively. © 2001 Policy Studies Organization.

Publication Name

Politics and Policy

Volume Number

29

First Page

585

Last Page

599

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.1111/j.1747-1346.2001.tb00605.x

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