Evangelicals and Catholics are a major political force in the swing state of Iowa, where both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are scheduled to hold rallies on the final weekend before Election Day.
Of the roughly 3 million people in Iowa, 30 percent of the registered voters describe themselves as either evangelical or Catholic. Fifty-seven percent of those who cast ballots in the caucuses in this state this year were evangelical, and they overwhelmingly supported Rick Santorum over Romney.
CNN has found that many evangelical voters in Des Moines are supporters of Romney while being a little uneasy about his erstwhile moderate stand on social issues such as abortion. more >>
Although controversies abound in the church, pastors and Christian leaders have all agreed on one thing: Mormonism is a false religion. Since its founding almost two centuries ago, Mormonism has fought for legitimacy, billing itself as a conservative sect of the Protestant Church, and has eyed the White House as their golden ticket for acceptance. Founder of Mormonism Joseph Smith actually ran for president himself in 1844. However, from that time until now the entire Protestant church has stood firm unanimously agreeing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a bona fide cult and Christians should not endorse them. Not a single major Christian leader has publicly backed down from that position. That is, until now. All that has changed almost overnight. Now, the majority of Christian pastors across America are endorsing a devout Mormon for the highest office in the land. National leaders have even changed their official position on Mormonism to endorse a presidential candidate who they formerly condemned as a cult member. With this mega-shift, we have begun an unprecedented endorsement of the legitimacy of Mormonism, while the unified front of the church standing against this false religion, has crumbled before our eyes.
How you decide is more important than what you decide
I am not as concerned with who you vote for as I am to know how you determine who you vote for. What are the principles you use? How do you make the decision? What is the screen through which you look at the candidate? It is too easy to be driven by fear, the media, your friends, and respected spiritual leaders. But God has made you responsible for your vote, so you need to have principles to guide your conscience or else you will be subject to other people's consciences. more >>
A Pew Research Center for the People and the Press poll has revealed that many American churchgoers regularly hear about politics, and that a significant number of pastors have even talked about specific candidates – despite IRS regulations.
The poll found that 52 percent of regular churchgoers have heard clergy stress the important of voting in the upcoming election, and 19 percent have talked about the specific candidates – although who the pastors seemed to support varied across race and denominational lines.
Black Protestants were most likely to lean toward President Barack Obama – 40 percent of churchgoers who responded to the survey said that their pastors talked about the election, and in all cases supported Obama. This stands as a contrast to all other denominations, which were slightly more likely to lean toward GOP candidate Mitt Romney, although pastors from such congregations also talked about the election less. more >>
In election years pundits often discuss the "October surprise": an event that occurs the month before Election Day that changes the dynamic of the race. In 2008, it was the financial meltdown. Did 2012 have an October surprise?
At the end of September, President Barack Obama seemed to be headed to an easy re-election. Now, just five days before the election, the race appears tied. What happened in October to cause that change? Here are three possible October surprise candidates:
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Forget about the swing states for a moment. With only five days of campaigning left, President Obama is back on the campaign trail today and having to play defense in three states that have gone Democratic for the last several election cycles: Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
In 2008 when Obama ran against former GOP candidate Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), he carried all three states by margins greater than 10 points. In the case of Michigan, it was by a staggering 16 points.
Why is Mitt Romney making headway in these three blue political states? In a column on Townhall.com, Michael Barone makes the argument that the former Massachusetts governor is performing ahead of other GOP candidates in the outlying areas of Detroit and Philadelphia. more >>
While even the most seasoned analysts are finding it hard to predict the presidential race, the projection for the Senate is that it will remain in Democratic hands, and that the House will remain Republican-controlled in January 2013.
For the last two years, the GOP has held a 25-seat advantage in the House. In order for the Democrats to gain control, they would have to win 13 seats, and that appears highly unlikely based on the predictions of leading analysts, such as at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.
"While we have been saying the Republicans were heavy favorites in the House for months, this is the first time we've said definitively that they will keep the majority," wrote political analysis website Sabato's Crystal Ball House Editor Kyle Kondik, who is also the media relations coordinator for the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. more >>