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The States' Rights Democratic Party, usually known as the Dixiecrat Party, was a short-lived splinter group that broke from the Democratic Party in 1948, when President Harry Truman announced that his platform would advocate the passage of civil rights laws. The Dixecrats were a group of Southern Democrats who opposed integration and wanted to retain Jim Crow laws and racial segregation.

Strom Thurmond ran for President on the Dixiecrat ticket in the 1948 election, and carried Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina, receiving 1,169,021 popular votes and 39 electorial votes.

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