Such as this: Courtesy of the Institute for Southern Studies, Census data illustrate that Alabama is a state considered "low magnet" and "high sticky"; translated, that means the state doesn't draw in a substantial number of out-of-state residents, and those who are born in Alabama tend to stay in Alabama.
Here is the critical paragraph: "The most dynamic Southern states are those that are both 'magnets' and 'sticky' -- Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina rate high for new residents as well as people who stay put. By drawing new people and holding onto those that are already there, these are among the fastest-growing -- and, increasingly, politically influential -- states in the region and country."
For Alabama, that means other Southern states are heavier players in national politics because their populations tend to be a mix of parties and beliefs. That's not breaking news, obviously. But it is something for pundits to consider before the next national elections.
-- Phillip Tutor