Huckabee decision puts evangelical votes up for grabs
May 16th, 2011
06:44 PM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee decision puts evangelical votes up for grabs

(CNN) - With former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s announcement this weekend that he won’t seek the presidency, one of the largest voting blocs in the Republican Party is now officially up for grabs: evangelical Christians.

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Huckabee - a Baptist minister who focused on faith-related issues like opposition to abortion - rode evangelical support to victory in Iowa and seven other states during the primaries and caucuses. John McCain eventually won the GOP nomination.


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  1. ja

    the so called evangelicals need to do a self inventory

    May 16, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    why is it always assumed that people of faith always vote Republican? The GOP seems to like to promote morality and family values then you have people like Newt Gingrich come along and throw a wrench into it all. Besides if you look at the basic teachings of Jesus Christ....."love your neighbor", "forgive your enemies", "judge not less you not be judged", do unto others as you would have them do unto you", and that real special one "the rich should give all they have to the poor" (pure sociolism if you ask me) NONE of this is practiced by the right wing. Jesus walked and met with thieves and prostitues, the White House invites a rapper to visit and Sarah Palin goes nuts! Not all Democrats are dope smoking, immoral atheists like some on the right would have you believe. Repubs have NOT cornered the market on faith in this country.

    May 16, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. whitmanguy

    Evangelicals will have a lot of fun with Romney and Gingrich. The Republican coalition may be decomposing by the day.

    May 16, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. Patrick from Minnesota

    Hte to break it to you "Christian" conservatives, but Jesus was a liberal (and a socialist).

    May 16, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. anagram_kid

    A t the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I think most evangelicals would vote for a piece of farm equipment if it had a big red ‘R’ on it. As a rule, their primary concern is making abortion illegal. This of course will never occur, yet they continue to provide money and votes to candidates that promise to make the impossible hpapen. Wouldn’t it be great if they put that effort to a national blood or food drive? You know something Christ might do...

    May 16, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I am an Evangelical Christian and have seen the light. The modern day republican party will say anything to get our vote, but we are not at the core of their value system. Their core values are centered around channeling money to Wall Street big business and the wealthy in general, at the expense of middle class Americans. When given the opportunity to support Christian values, they only give lip service. Over the last 12 years, evangelicals received more support from the conservative faction of the democrats, who the tea party successfully ousted in the last election.

    May 16, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    Do Evangelicals ONLY vote for Evangelicals????

    May 17, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |