COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - It's been a decade since Republicans took control of South Carolina in a development that has marginalized white Democrats.
The GOP, after years of growth, took control of the state in the early 2000s for the first time since Reconstruction. The party now controls six of the state's seven House seats as well as both U.S. Senate seats, the Governor's Mansion and all constitutional offices. There are also Republican majorities in both the state House and Senate.
Since the party in power can draw congressional districts, it appears GOP dominance will continue.
College of Charleston political scientist Gibbs Knotts says legislative districts include stronger Republican districts offset by black majority districts in Democratic areas. That, he says, has left out districts where conservative whites used to be able to win.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.