Why Did the Democratic South Become Republican? 31 Monday Jul 2017 Posted by Michael Wilson in Culture, Political Issues ≈ Leave a comment TagsDemocrat, Dennis Prager, Myths, Prager University, Republican The south used to vote Democrat. Now it votes Republican. Why the switch? Was it, as some people say, because the GOP decided to appeal to racist whites? Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, explains.