You're from LA? You should know your own history better.
The south was ruled by Democrats for 100 years after the Civil War. The Republicans (party of Lincoln) was hated. Virtually every politician in the South was a Democrat. You think they were all a bunch of liberals? They are the ones who filibustered the Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s. It wasn't until then that conservatives bolted to the Republicans.
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Democrats]Southern Democrats - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]