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Thursday, November 9, 2006

The religious voter

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2006 at 6:08 PM

Wall Street Journal article today suggests Democrats made strides with evangelical voters.

More than in 2004, Democrats this year attracted voters moved by faith, and not just frustration.

Exit polls suggest that Democrats made significant gains among several religious demographic groups, including both Catholics and evangelical Protestants. While the party's 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry won barely 20% of white evangelicals, for example, almost 30% voted Democratic this year. Democrats won the backing of 55% of Catholics this year, compared with 47% in 2004.

The WSJ, I heard, also has an article behind its subscription wall that reprotedly says if Gov. Mike Huckabee hopes to be the heir of the Religious Right segment of the presidential nominating field that once was considered strong for George Allen he's going to have to crank up his money machine to levels many multiples higher than what he's done so far. That remains an interesting question for him. A fly-by-night oil and gas speculator or two from around here won't be enough. And in this area, his alienation of Jackson T. Stephens Jr. and the Club for Growth will not be helpful to drawing big money to his cause.

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