Why isn’t Florida ‘The South’?

I live in Florida and I’m not really proud of the fact (can you say ‘hanging chad’?). I constantly see news reports referring to places as the ‘Deep South’ that are hundreds of miles NORTH of here. We’ve got rednecks and Confederate flags and pick-up trucks three feet in the air that have never once gone off-road. I’m sure we’ve got people who are their own uncles and cousins (ick!). People talk with that unmistakable Southern drawl. So why isn’t Florida the ‘Deep South’? You can’t get much souther, in fact the southern most point in the entire (mainland) United States is here in the state.

Hawk (displaced Yankee!)

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