Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
April 19, 2014, 09:32:01 am
HomePredMockPollEVCalcAFEWIKIHelpLogin Register
News: Please delete your old personal messages.

+  Atlas Forum
|-+  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion
| |-+  U.S. Presidential Election Results (Moderator: True Federalist)
| | |-+  Why was Alabama so close in 1928?
« previous next »
Pages: [1] Print
Author Topic: Why was Alabama so close in 1928?  (Read 1442 times)
Gustaf
Moderators
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 26550


Political Matrix
E: 0.39, S: -0.70

View Profile
« on: June 06, 2006, 02:21:22 am »
Ignore

In 1928 Alabama was won by Smith by a margin of less than 3%, similar to Bush's in Ohio 2 years ago. Why was that? I know Hoover did well in the South, but in other Deep South states Democratic support held up. SMith broke 90% in South Carolina, 80% in Mississippi and 70% in Louisiana. In Georgia he recieved 56% of the vote, worse, but still a large margin. Why did these states differ so much?
Logged

This place really has become a cesspool of degenerate whores...

Economic score: +0.9
Social score: -2.61

In MN for fantasy stuff, member of the most recently dissolved centrist party.
NewFederalist
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 2147
United States
Political Matrix
E: 3.87, S: -2.26

View Profile
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2006, 07:55:24 am »
Ignore

Al Smith was the first Roman Catholic nominee to seek the presidency (on a major party ticket anyway) and I suspect that has something to do with it but I cannot account for the wide variances among the southern states.
Logged

+2.50 / -2.21 Political Compass

WalterMitty
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 20501


Political Matrix
E: 1.68, S: -2.26

View Profile
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2006, 09:06:13 pm »
Ignore

smith was also 'wet'
Logged


You can be our next waltermitty, although perhaps a slightly better-informed version, and without the fetish for really old women. 
I can cook scrambled eggs and bacon or fry a hamburger on the George Foreman, or, with assistance, fix spaghetti.
12th Doctor
supersoulty
Moderators
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 20702
Ukraine


Political Matrix
E: 1.38, S: -1.74

View Profile
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2006, 10:27:53 pm »
Ignore

Al Smith was the first Roman Catholic nominee to seek the presidency (on a major party ticket anyway) and I suspect that has something to do with it but I cannot account for the wide variances among the southern states.

I would suspect that that probably had a lot to do with it, acctually.  Mississippi and South Carolina both have rather large Catholic communities (compared to other southern states) and Alabama has a history of being the most anti-Catholic of the southern states (which is part of the reason that Mother Angelica chose it as the HQ for EWTN).
« Last Edit: June 06, 2006, 10:29:35 pm by Supersoulty »Logged

farewell
Lewis Trondheim
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 58527
India


View Profile
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2006, 03:01:35 am »
Ignore

Alabama actually had free elections, if only for Whites, at the time. Mississippi and South Carolina did not.
Logged

I may conceivably reconsider.

Knowing me it's more likely than not.
Comrade Sibboleth
Realpolitik
Moderators
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 55447
Saint Helena


View Profile WWW
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2006, 06:34:16 am »
Ignore

Someone posted a county map of it a while ago (over a year ago?) and IIRC Smith did very badly in northern Alabama.
Logged



Richard Hoggart 1918-2014
Rob
Bob
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 6321
United States
Political Matrix
E: -6.32, S: -9.39

View Profile
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2006, 12:51:56 am »
Ignore



That's the map (posted by RBH quite some time ago). Hoover runs well in the redneck hill country of the north (Smith's Catholicism and "wetness" killed him there) and some industrializing cities, while getting swamped in the Black Belt.

I believe that a well-respected Democratic Senator from Alabama (whose name escapes me) broke ranks and endorsed Hoover, attacking Smith's religion. He campaigned heavily for the GOP, but couldn't quite swing the state.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2006, 12:54:59 am by Rob »Logged

Here’s what Sarah Palin represents: being a fat fucking pig who pins “Country First” buttons on his man titties and chants “U-S-A! U-S-A!” at the top of his lungs while his kids live off credit cards and Saudis buy up all the mortgages in Kansas.
farewell
Lewis Trondheim
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 58527
India


View Profile
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2006, 03:18:41 am »
Ignore



That's the map (posted by RBH quite some time ago). Hoover runs well in the redneck hill country of the north (Smith's Catholicism and "wetness" killed him there) and some industrializing cities
Not all of it though.
Logged

I may conceivably reconsider.

Knowing me it's more likely than not.
Comrade Sibboleth
Realpolitik
Moderators
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 55447
Saint Helena


View Profile WWW
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2006, 04:43:14 am »
Ignore

So Smith held up better in the coalfields than in the rest of Northern Alabama?
Logged



Richard Hoggart 1918-2014
Pages: [1] Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  


Login with username, password and session length

Logout

Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines