Sorry, NYT, evangelical women stayed with GOP

Friday, November 9, 2018
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NYT Beto women storyDespite an ongoing effort to shame them away from Republicans, Evangelicals showed up at the polls on Election Day and stayed loyal to the GOP.

According to exit polling data analyzed by Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life, white evangelicals made their voices heard this week.

Research associate Elizabeth Sciupac tells OneNewsNow that 75 percent of white evangelical Christians voted for a Republican on the ballot.

Mainline Protestants and other Christians came in second in their support of the GOP, followed by Catholics, then those that don't claim any religion. Somewhat oddly, their support of Republicans towered over Jewish conservative voters. Only 17 percent of Jews voted Republican.

McCaskill - Hawley (MO)Overall, white evangelicals made of 26 percent of voters on Tuesday.

Dr. Robert Jeffress, an evangelical advisor to President Trump, says one demographic stood out to him.

"According to an NBC exit poll," he recalls, "74 percent of evangelical women said that they strongly support or somewhat support President Trump."

"White evangelical women stand squarely with the Republicans," reads the headline on the NBC News story. 

That polling, Jeffress says, dispels the "myth" that evangelical women are running from Trump and the GOP. 

One example of such an effort is the Ted Cruz-Beto O'Rourke senate race in Texas, which gained national attention and fawning media coverage for O'Rourke's effort to win the GOP-held seat. The New York Times trumpeted female churchgoers in Texas who said they were supporting the Democratic candidate.

Cruz - O'Rourke (TX)

“When I look at Cruz, I think he sees Republican politics," one woman told the liberal newspaper. "When I look at Beto, I think he sees vulnerable people who need to be supported.”

Evangelical voters overwhelmingly broke for Trump in 2016, breaking previous records by former GOP presidential candidates, and those same voters have been subjected to scorn and ridicule ever since by the media, by academia, and by their own own leaders. 

Weeks before Election Day two years ago, Jeffress surprised other evengelicals for supporting Trump --- infamous for his playboy lifestyle and combative style --- early in the crowded GOP primary. But the pastor defended his decision as a prudent choice between Hillary Clinton and the only GOP candidate who could beat her on Election Day.

Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land tells OneNewsNow the evangelical vote made a big difference.

"If Rick Scott wins in Florida it's going to be because of a massive evangelical voter turnout," he observes. "In Indiana, Joe Donnelly losing was a massive evangelical voter turnout and same thing in the Georgia's governor's race."

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