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How the South is becoming a political powerhouse

The South once played a key role in helping Democrats hold and maintain congressional majorities for much of the 20th century — thanks in no small part to the party’s segregationist leaning.

Then, in the early 1990s, the shift of the so-called "solid South" from Democratic to Republican was the fuel for the GOP’s 1994 House takeover and has continued to aid the gains the party has made in the Senate over the past two decades.

Now, the South is poised to again shift the balance of political power — although it’s not entirely clear which party is positioned to reap the benefits.

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Here’s why: According to new population numbers released by the US Census Bureau on Thursday, 10 of the 15 fastest-growing large cities in America over the last decade are in the South. ("Large" cities are ones with more than 50,000 residents.)

That includes three of the top four — all of which are in Texas : Frisco (No. 1, with a 71% population increase), New Braunfels (No. 3, 56% growth) and McKinney (No. 4, 51% growth).

(Side note: I’ve written in the not-too-distant past about how Texas is going to be the most politically important state in the country over the […]

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