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It’s 8 days before Election Day and the GOP’s pastor-in-chief, Mike Huckabee, is emailing constituents with a fundraising pitch that’s silent on the party’s presidential nominee, not a good sign for McCain: I want you to help me reach our end of October fundraising goal. We need to collect 1,640 contributions from supporters by midnight…

The faith-based pro-Obama PAC Matthew 25 Network has posted its rejoinder to Focus on the Family’s letter from 2012, which looked back on what Focus considers a disastrous Obama first term.Matthew 25 is also out with two Christian radio ads, to air in Michigan, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Virginia and North Carolina. One is aimed…

This piece originally ran at New York Daily News online: In the 2004 election, the pattern of religious voters supporting George W. Bush and secular voters backing John Kerry was so stark that it introduced a new term to the political lexicon: the God Gap. Exit polls showed that the single best predictor of whether…

At Christianiy Today’s politics blog, Sarah Pulliam points out that the 16-page letter from Focus on the Family offering a hypothetical look back on the first term of an Obama administration that’s disastrous for religious conservatives blames young evangelicals for an Obama victory: Many Christians voted for Obama – younger evangelicals actually provided him with…

Yesterday, The Barna Group–the nation’s premiere Christian polling firm–released a survey showing Barack Obama making significant inroads among evangelical and born again voters. Among born agains, here’s Barna’s breakdown: McCain 45% Obama 43% Undecided 10% This is a group that Bush won by 62% in 2004, according to Barna. The poll found Obama making smaller…

Inspired by conservative Christian radio host Janet Porter’s (formerly Janet Folger) recent newscast from the day after President Obama’s inauguration, Focus on the Family Action has sent a 16-page letter to constituents from the year 2012, recapping Obama’s first term. People for the American Way, an anti-Christian Right group, has some details on its blog.Here’s…

A reader, gmo2, responds to one of God-o-Meter’s recent observations: “It strikes God-o-Meter that the firestorm of Palin criticism from elites–both liberal and conservative–is not fueled by Palin’s apparently Biblical worldview but by the fact that that worldview appears to be the major reason McCain selected her as his running mate” thusly: According to some…

This is from a new polling memo that The Barna Group, the country’s preeminent Christian pollster, just sent out: One of the surprising insights of the research is the significant inroads Sen. Obama has made among the Christian community, particularly compared to 2004. In fact, among born again voters there is a statistical dead-heat: 45%…

The conservative Judicial Confirmation Network is running this ad in Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Like a video released a few weeks ago by the conservative Catholic group Fidelis, the ad tells voters that there are more important concerns than the economy. The difference between now and 2004 is that cultural conservatives appear…

Listen to Focus on the Family founder James Dobson’s brand new radio interview with Sarah Palin here. Dobson says he’s praying for a miracle on Election Day, a thinly-veiled prayer for a McCain/Palin victory. What most struck God-o-Meter about the interview is how much it hung on the charge that Palin has been victim of…

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