Christian right key to Republican performance in U.S. midterms

by ALISTAIR BELL | Reuters  |  published on October 27, 2014

Chad Connelly, Director of Faith Engagement for the Republican National Committee speaks to an audience of pastors at a American Renewal Project dinner in Westminster
If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives.

Although they get little attention from candidates, white evangelical Christian voters are likely to be fundamental to any Republican victories in the key Senate races, especially in the South.

Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows evangelicals are more enthusiastic than the general population about the midterms.

The religious right’s influence may be much reduced since the days of Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell’s alliances with Republican presidents.