How Louisiana shifted from a purple to red state

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 12:00am

Republican dominance in Louisiana politics has reached its peak; that was the message from political analyst Pearson Cross to the Baton Rouge press club this afternoon.

This dominance, he says, resulted in republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney easily taking the state's eight electoral votes. It also meant five of six congressional districts went to republicans in the last election.

However, Cross says the state becoming red is a relatively recent phenomenon.

"For a long time we were the purple state,” he explained. “We were the state that resisted becoming red, the democratic holdout in the south in lots of ways, but now we have clearly kind of flipped on that and just in the last seven years."

There are almost 1.5 million registered Democrats in Louisiana compared with around 800,000 Republicans.

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