[The presidential preference poll results at the D.C. Family Research Council meeting this weekend were inclusive. Romney and Huckabee nearly tied at 27+% and McCain and Giuliani ran last with single digits. Paul came third with 15% and Thompson fourth at 9.8%. The poll was conducted partially on line beginning in August and so was not really a dependable index of the current views of those in attendance. If none of the above wins the nod, a third party candidate is nevertheless probably out, as Hillary is public enemy #1 and a divided right wing vote would ensure her victory. There are very real tensions here. Right wing evangelicals and Mormons are intense competitors despite Romney’s appeals for alliance. Huckabee most nearly fits their ideal as a Baptist minister as well as pol, but probably can not get nominated. Giuliani is in their face with his abortion and gay tolerance and does not exactly reassure them with his promise to appoint another Roberts or Scalia to the Supreme Court to settle Abortion and other issues dear to the hearts of conservative evangelicals. And so it went. Ed Kent]

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Religious Right Divides Its Vote at Summit
By MICHAEL LUO

Christian conservatives were divided over which of the Republican presidential candidates to support.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/21/us/politics/21values.html?ref=washington

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