Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
From the mid-1960's, Virginia Republicans, in tune with President Richard Nixon's active "Southern strategy," revived party fortunes in the state by capitalizing on the ongoing degeneration of Virginia Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr.'s powerful conservative Democratic organization and the factionalization of the state Democratic Party. Republican Abner Linwood Holton, Jr., solidly carried the 1969 gubernatorial election. In the 1970 senatorial election Independent Harry Flood Byrd, Jr., defeated Republican Ray Lucian Garland and Democrat George Rawlings. Senator Byrd, Jr., had enjoyed Nixon's "benevolent neutrality," but never did join the Republican Party as the president had hoped; in office he voted with the Democratic caucus. Still, the 1970's would be Virginia Republicans' "most successful decade."
Original Publication Citation
Sweeney, J. R. (1998). Southern strategies. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 106(2), 165-200.
Sweeney, James R., "Southern Strategies" (1998). History Faculty Publications. 10.