"I think it's the most significant thing to come out of the 2011 election, but I don't view it as earthshaking. It's what's been going on in the South for a dozen years now," said Mr. Kurtz. "The South has always been conservative. It used to be conservative Democrats would get elected, but now they're no longer Democrats, they're Republicans."
That's probably because the Southern realignment from Democrat to Republican has been a long time in coming, said Karl Kurtz, a political analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures.