ATLANTA (AP) — From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and segregation.

And with today's national reckoning on racism, Democratic leaders are hoping for a fundamental shift at the ballot box.

Many Southern electorates are getting younger, less white and more urban, and are less likely to embrace President Donald Trump’s white identity politics.

Southern Democrats are assembling a diverse group of candidates for state and congressional offices to join presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden on the ticket.

They believe Biden can appeal to perhaps the nation’s most culturally conservative region.

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