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Evangelicals struggle to stay relevant in GOP politics

Focus on the Family president says social conservatives are 'rowing against the tide'

(Washington Times) A call by the head of one of America’s top evangelical organizations for Christian conservatives to moderate their opposition to such issues as same-sex marriage, abortion and immigration reform in light of last week’s electoral setbacks has ignited flames of protests that threaten all-out civil war.

The clout of evangelical voters, once a crucial part the Republican Party’s winning electoral coalition, has come under question after what some say was their failure in the past two presidential elections to put the Republican candidate over the top against a Democrat who had made few friends among social conservatives.

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