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I find it hard to believe that South Carolina picked between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney over their respective faiths.
I don't disagree that Evangelicals are a critical component of the GOP base but the article goes on to state: "If [Evangelicals] stay home, Republicans lose, like they did when they nominated the moderate John McCain." Any data that Evangelicals staying home cost McCain the election in 2008? So under that theory only Mike Huckabee could have won in 2008?
You could also say Newt won because voters liked how he fought back in the debates against hostile media questions.