Midterm Elections: 1966 Midterms Signal a Realignment, Shaping Today’s PartiesOverview
This nine-minute video examines the compelling regional story within Democratic President Lyndon Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964 – that many voters in the Deep South, long loyal to a conservative wing of the Democratic Party, voted for the Republican candidate. Two years later, the 1966 midterm elections would continue that trend, with voters across the South electing Republicans to offices for the first time in nearly 100 years. It was a key moment that affects American politics today, as the two parties began to sort themselves out regionally and ideologically into two distinctly partisan camps.
- Evaluate election results from 1964 to make predictions about future elections.
- Judge the impact of the Civil Rights movement and legislation on elections in the mid-1960s and beyond.
- Compare and contrast the political issues of the 1966 midterm election with the 2022 election cycle.
- Civics & Government
- U.S. History
- AP U.S. History
- AP U.S. Government & Politics
- U.S. History
- Civics and Government
- Political Parties
- Campaigns and Elections
- 1960s America
- Lyndon Johnson
- Ronald Reagan
- Race in U.S. History
- What is a realigning election?
- How can midterm elections shape the course of American politics and political parties?
- How did the Civil Rights movement affect American politics in the 1966 midterm election and beyond?
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Topic 5.3: Political Parties
Topic 5.8: Electing a President
Topic 5.9: Congressional Elections
Topic 5.10: Modern Campaigns