In last week's issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Fred Barnes wrote on the Republican wave that finally swept over the Alabama legislature. Later that week, four Democrats in the Alabama state legislature became Republicans, giving the GOP a super-majority in the state House.

Jonathan Martin has more on the fall of the Democrats' last bastions in the South:

For Democrats in the South, the most ominous part of a disastrous year may not be what happened on Election Day but what has happened in the weeks since.

After suffering a historic rout — in which nearly every white Deep South Democrat in the U.S. House was defeated and Republicans took over or gained seats in legislatures across the region — the party’s ranks in Dixie have thinned even further.

In Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama, Democratic state legislators have become Republicans, concluding that there is no future in the party that once dominated the so-called Solid South.

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