In GOP Race, Candidates Woo Evangelicals


At a private gathering of pastors in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a contrite Newt Gingrich pitched his story of personal redemption Thursday. Along South Carolina’s coast, Texas Gov. Rick Perry referenced Scripture as he worked to pump life into his floundering White House bid.

With the Republican presidential campaign hurtling toward the Jan. 3 leadoff Iowa caucuses, the two candidates are courting evangelicals with vigor.

And for good reason.

Christian conservatives who typically hold powerful sway in GOP primaries haven’t united behind any one candidate this year, though they have generally been skeptical of Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith. Thus, their support is up for grabs in the extraordinarily fluid race. And neither Gingrich, who has recently pushed past Romney in some polls, nor Perry is being shy about seeking it.

“I ask them to give me a second look,” Perry told reporters in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., his first stop of a busy day of campaigning in the state filled with religious voters. “They’re going to see me a lot, and they’re going to get to find out a lot about me, not only about my faith but also about the economic policies we put in place in Texas.”

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