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Which GOP Candidate Will Win the "Reagan Democrats"?
Reagan Democrats? Many are asking who will win these voters in tonight's elections. Will it be Romney? Santorum? Gingrich or Paul? First, ask yourselves, are there any Reagan Republicans running for President tonight?
That was a different time. The Republican party actually had moderates among their ranks. That was before the Jim DeMint's of the Tea Party World had purged by primary all the moderates from the once proud GOP.
No. There are no "Reagan Democrats anymore. Democrats aren't willing to vote for a Republican who isn't in anyway like Reagan. They're all extremists now. They hold extreme positions. The GOP is unwilling to compromise on legislature to get anything accomplished in Washington.
The only place you'll find a Democrat voting for a Republican this year is in states that allow Democrats to vote in a GOP primary and then it will be for the weaker of the 4 opponents. Humm..which would that be?
The days of Democrats supporting the GOP are over. Reagan is dead and so are his Democratic supporters because there are no Reagan-like candidates in the Republican Party anymore.
"Reagan Democrat" is an American political term used by analysts to denote traditionally Democratic voters, especially white working-class Northerners, who defected from their party to support Republican President Ronald Reagan in both the 1980 and 1984 elections.
It is also used to refer to the smaller but still substantial number of Democrats who voted for George H. W. Bush in the 1988 election.
George Will, noting the long-term movements of partisanship, said in 2012 that: "White voters without college education — economically anxious and culturally conservative — were called "Reagan Democrats" when they were considered only seasonal Republicans because of Ronald Reagan. Today they are called the Republican base."