Evangelical voters, who comprise
the core of the values voters,
are pivotal to winning elections. George W. Bush won in 2000 and 2004 by keeping
the evangelical voters
united, while Barack Obama and
Bill Clinton won in 2008 & 2012 and 1992 & 1996, respectively, by splitting and
siphoning away some of the evangelical voters.
What makes the evangelical voters so sought after by the
candidates is that
besides influencing the rest of the
conservative vote, evangelical voters can be counted on to show up at the polls, rain
snow. Ted Cruz's upset win over
Donald Trump in the 2016 Iowa
caucus is attributed to dishonesty (see
Ted Cruz Religion),
as well as the high turnout of Cruz's evangelical supporters in poor weather.
How many evangelical voters are there?
While 35% of American voters identify themselves as evangelical, the number
of truly evangelical voters - those who believe the Gospel* of the Bible,
including Jesus' deity (see
Lord, Liar or Lunatic), justice (see
Justice of God) and resurrection (see
Jesus Resurrection Proof) - comprise only about 7% of American voters.
* "Evangelical" comes from Evangile, a French
that means "Gospel" and which dates back to the early years of the Reformation.
Around which issues are the evangelical voters coalescing in