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Newsmax says so, channeling National Review’s Mark Hemingway from last week. Hemingway makes a pretty convincing case. It’s deep in the ’08 cycle. Obama’s been trying like mad to reach white evangelicals and other religious constituencies for a year and a half. And how many credible polls have actually reported him making inroads among religious voters? God-o-Meter can’t think of any showing him picking up more white evangelical than John Kerry did.
And there’s plenty of evidence from the primaries that he’s vulnerable among white Catholics and evangelicals. Here’s Newsmax

Despite assertions in the press that evangelical Christians are backing Democrat Barack Obama in the presidential race, a new survey reveals that he is getting less support than John Kerry did four years ago.

A typical headline, which ran last week in U.S. News & World Report, announced: “Obama Campaign Is Making Progress With Evangelical Voters.”
But the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that 25 percent of white evangelicals favor Obama over John McCain, while 26 percent favored John Kerry over President Bush in 2004.
In 2000, Al Gore enjoyed even more support — 28 percent.
“Not that this translates into evangelical enthusiasm for McCain, but the survey is worth noting for no other reason than it challenges the prevailing media assumption about how Obama’s overt religiosity is helping his campaign,” National Review’s Mark Hemingway observes.
And the Pew Center notes: “Obama has made no significant gains among this important constituency.”


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