(National Interest) -- As is typically the case, the results of Super Tuesday produced political winners and losers and made somewhat clearer who the likely presidential nominees of the two major parties will be in November. Many observers seem to believe the chances of several candidates died last Tuesday: Bernie Sanders on the left, and Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and John Kasich on the right. Garnering fewer headlines, however, many experts declared another loser on Super Tuesday: the death of the religious right. These analysts misread the outcome of the election. Badly.
CNN’s religion editor claimed on Wednesday that Super Tuesday “was supposed to be the religious right's last stand, a day when the Bible Belt would enter the voting booth and christen the most God-fearing candidate. Christian conservatives were the last best hope to halt Trump's momentum. They didn’t.”
Writing for the Religious News Service the same day, author Mark Silk argued the religious right “was moribund,” and had been “an invalid for a decade. What happened yesterday was a mercy killing, or better, candidate-assisted suicide. . . . Put that on the tombstone. Religious Right, R.I.P.”
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