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Jan 17 2012

Are Social Conservatives Rallying Around Santorum?

The Christian Right attempts to rally after the plethora of Republican candidates split the vote.

Perhaps Romney’s biggest advantage going into the Republican Primary was the sheer number of presidential competitors with strong records on social issues. The often revered Religious Right vote was split between Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry from the earliest days of the competition. Even Newt used his newfound Catholic faith to garner a slice of that voting bloc. But, with Bachmann gone and Perry on life support it now appears the religious right has placed its hope in Mr. Santorum as the last realistic chance of choosing a nominee whose name is not Mitt Romney.

At a recent meeting of conservative and evangelical leaders in Texas and after several rounds of voting, it appears that Santorum has a “strong consensus” of support according to Tony Perkins. By the last round of voting, Santorum led Gingrich 85 to 29. There was a notable lack of support for Gov. Perry who had used his religious event “The Response” to both launch his campaign and secure the religious vote.

However that tactic, combined with Perry’s poor debate performances, kept his campaign from gaining traction. In addition to the rigors of the campaign, the fact that many of Perry’s initial religious support adhered to the Ultra-right philosophy of dominionism may have turned away more moderate supporters.

Gingrich supporters have contested results of the third and final round of voting at the Texas meeting, claiming a mix of ballot stuffing and that many participants in the conference had left the meeting by the last vote.

Yet, is becoming readily apparent that Santorum is the last great hope among social conservatives wishing to see rightward movement in public policy and a hope that might soon end if Romney is able to secure victory in South Carolina, a victory that would almost certainly see him with the Republican nomination.

(Source: Right Wing Watch)

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  1. 1
    Randomfactor

    claiming a mix of ballot stuffing and that many participants in the conference had left the meeting by the last vote.

    They haven’t changed much since the Council of Nicea, have they?

    1. 1.1
      RW Ahrens

      Not a great deal, I mean, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Those ARE time-honored and proven tactics, aren’t they?

  2. 2
    Mommiest

    Ballot stuffing? You mean they don’t enforce voter ID rules?

    1. 2.1
      Blueaussi

      *spurf!*

      You owe me a new keyboard!

  3. 3
    Nick Gotts

    Real Clear Politics, however, shows Gingrich running second to Romney both nationally and in South Carolina – narrowly ahead of Paul in the first case and Santorum in the second.

  4. 4
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Ballot box stuffing, lol.

    That’s the right’s favorite toy ain’t it? “If we do it, I’m sure all the liberals/feminists/blacks/latinos/illegal immigrants/scary-group-of-the-week must be doing it on a grand scale and we must stop them with fraudulent laws.”

  5. 5
    Broken Things

    is there actually anybody among the group who gathered to support Santorum that disavows the Dominionists? Catholic or not, Santorum reeks of theocracy.

  6. 6
    Konradius

    This is a bit off-topic. But when do we stop calling them social conservatives and start calling them social regressives?
    These people do not want to ‘conserve’ ‘values’. They want to roll back social change that is already here.

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