“No, Southern whites are not the new blacks”

Larry Bartels:

The claim that “Southern whites’ loyalty to Republicans is nearing that of blacks to Democrats” is the subhead on Cohn’s piece in the print edition and the headline on The Upshot, the Times’ new “news, analysis, and graphics” site. However,  even allowing for the natural tendency of writers and headline-writers to strain for newsworthiness, this is an egregious overstatement of what Cohn actually shows.

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