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Southern Democrats trying to recover lost ground

FILE- In this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter speaks during a campaign stop in Columbus, Ga. Many Democrats say the way to recover lost ground in the conservative South is to reclaim the party’s lost identity as a champion of the middle class. Georgia Democrats thought legacy candidates were the answer, but Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn, former Sen. Sam Nunn’s daughter, and gubernatorial challenger Jason Carter, former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, each lost by about 8 percentage points even after well-funded campaigns and ambitious voter-registration drives. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)ATLANTA (AP) — To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class in an effort to energize African-Americans and attract whites.

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