Daryl Funk

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. James Josefson

Degree Award Date

Spring 2004


Democratic Implications, Rise, Modern Republican Party, Virginia, interparty competition


American Politics | Comparative Politics | Political Science


This paper will chart the evolution of interparty competition in Virginia from the foundations of the machine, brought to fruition by the indomitable Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr., the decline and eventual collapse of the machine, and political realignment in the rise of the modem Republican Party of Virginia. In addition to this examination, the primary objective will be to examine the implications of the rise of the Virginia GOP on two-party competition through an examination of the literature surrounding two-party competition and democratic involvement and an application of that material to the Virginia political experience.