Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


The research presented here attempts to examine the evidence of incongruence implied by Gimpel's intrastate party system autonomy theory. Through an examination of

geographic voting patterns, trends toward greater congruence (less autonomy) should become apparent. The hypotheses implied are as follows:

H1: Over time, statewide elections in the South will produce electoral cleavages, which are increasingly congruent with presidential electoral cleavages within each state.

H2: Rim South electoral cleavage congruence will appear earlier in time than electoral cleavage congruence in the Deep South.

H3: Statewide electoral cleavages in the Rim South will produce consistently higher congruence with presidential races than those of the Deep South.