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Romney Struggles With Evangelicals

Mitt Romney continues to do poorly with evangelical voters in the Republican primary according to analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life:
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I feel the power of the actual ‘evangelical vote’ is sometimes overstated because it is often used as shorthand to mean all very social conservative voters, including groups with very similar political views like Mormons. Normally this is not an issue because when it comes to most policy fights the evangelicals and Mormons are usually in very close agreement. During this particular primary. though. there’s been a huge divergence.

That said, Romney’s problem with the evangelicals is what could turn the next month into a painful slog for the Romney Campaign. The next state to vote, this Saturday, is Kansas. After that, on March 13 it is Alabama, Hawaii and Mississippi. So it is possible Romney could lose three of the next four states, which would cause another round of talk about his inability to close the deal.

Because evangelicals do make up a large part of the GOP campaign volunteer base, Romney may need to consider choosing a VP that will appeal to them. While there has been a lot of talk about Republicans possibly selecting a Latino for the VP slot to try to broaden their base, Romney’s main concerns in VP selection could be simply consolidating the existing base.

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Romney Struggles With Evangelicals

Mitt Romney continues to do poorly with evangelical voters in the Republican primary according to analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life:
super-tues-1

I feel the power of the actual ‘evangelical vote’ is sometimes overstated because it is often used as shorthand to mean all very social conservative voters, including groups with very similar political views like Mormons. Normally this is not an issue because when it comes to most policy fights the evangelicals and Mormons are usually in very close agreement. During this particular primary. though. there’s been a huge divergences.

That said, Romney’s problem with the evangelicals is what could turn the next month into a painful slog for the Romney Campaign. The next state to vote, this Saturday, is Kansas. After that, on March 13 it is Alabama, Hawaii and Mississippi. So it is possible Romney could lose three of the next four states, which would cause another round of talk about his inability to close the deal.

Because evangelicals do make up a large part of the GOP campaign volunteer base, Romney may need to consider choosing a VP that will appeal to them. While there has been a lot of talk about Republicans possibly selecting a Latino for the VP slot to try to broaden their base, Romney’s main concerns in VP selection could be simply consolidating the existing base.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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