West Virginia state senator Evan Jenkins announced yesterday he was switching parties and becoming a Republican. According to former congressman Artur Davis, Jenkins isn’t alone:
“It happens all the time in these more conservative states,” Davis says of Democrats becoming Republicans. “The reality is that the press rarely notes it.”
“In the state of Alabama, something like thirteen to fourteen elected Democrats have switched parties since 2010,” he continues. “The Alabama Republican-party chairman was telling me last year that at one point virtually every white Democrat in the Alabama legislature had reached out to them, with one or two exceptions,” to discuss switching to the GOP.
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