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McCain and Evangelicals

A McCain guy sends along this e-mail:

One of the keys to John McCain’s victory in South Carolina was his strong showing among born-again and evangelical voters who make up a full 60% of the electorate.  According to CNN exit polling, John McCain got 27% of born-again and evangelical votes, trailing only Mike Huckabee’s 43%.  In Iowa, Governor Huckabee beat his nearest rival by a better than 2 to 1 margin in this important constituency.

McCain’s 27% was just behind his overall 33% share and represented a 7% increase in a competitive, multi-candidate field when compared with the 20 percent of the evangelical vote he received in his head-to-head match up with George W. Bush in 2000.  The McCain campaign made a strong effort to court evangelical and born-again voters throughout the past year, culminating in an intensive, on-the-ground grassroots effort in the week leading up to the South Carolina primary.

A similar effort has been underway in Florida and the following release is an announcement of the Florida family issue leaders for McCain:

JOHN MCCAIN 2008 ANNOUNCES FLORIDA FAMILY ISSUES LEADERS FOR MCCAIN

ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign today announced that a coalition of family issues leaders and activists from across the State of Florida have endorsed John McCain for president. This broad coalition includes close to 100 leaders and activists from the pro-life, pro-family and faith-based communities.

“John McCain has a consistent 24-year pro-life voting record. I trust him to do what is right for the unborn, the women who are struggling with decisions about their unborn children and the pro-family movement as a whole,” said Pastor Glen Morris of Tarpon Springs…

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