Romney Received Larger Slice of Evangelical Votes than Any Other Previous GOP Candidate!

Dear friends, I know we’re all sad, but I wanted to pass along this amazing piece of information from Christianity Today:

Romney received a larger slice of the evangelical vote than any previous Republican presidential candidate. At nearly 80 percent, evangelical support for Romney was as strong—and perhaps even stronger—than the support Romney received from Mormons.

In other words, we’re not sitting here wringing our hands because our own people didn’t show up.  Everyone did their part, and “faith voters” are more united than we’ve ever been.  Who would’ve thought that we all could’ve united behind a Mormon candidate at historic levels?

Well, okay.  We did.  However, we believed this unity would help us get Gov. Romney in office.  It wasn’t the case:

But in most results from last night’s elections: where evangelicals were largely unified, they also lost.

What to do from here?  Well, I’m still waiting for David to weigh in, but I did want to pass along this nugget of information, in case you need this as you and your coworkers and friends are discussing what went wrong in this election.  It had nothing to do with Gov. Romney’s Mormonism.

(Hat tip Chandler Epp)

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  • Chris Calkins

    Sorry this a couple of days late!
    “Thank you” is inadequate to express my personal appreciation for your TIRELESS efforts to support Mitt Romney’s candidacy. However, lacking more powerful words, you have my gratitude – from the bottom of my heart!
    I hope you’ll continue to fight for morality, responsibility and civility in the national discourse!

  • Jennifer

    As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I appreciate those of you of other faiths that unified in one purpose to try and elect a man of solid morals, belief in God and the Savior Jesus Christ, and a successful life story that could have turned this economy around. I hope we can unite numerous times in the future as the need to defend God and religious freedom will continue to be important in this country.

  • Robert Simpson

    I believe the total evangelical votes were down from 2008, this despite unprecedented efforts to get out this vote. So, a larger % of a depressed turn-out is not that great.
    This may be attributable to several Romney issues, not necessarily in this order of priority.
    1. Mormonism
    2. Too infrequently speaking about social and moral issues.
    3. Not calling Obama to account for Benghazi and other errors and crimes.
    4. Abandoning and criticizing some evangelical candidates like Todd Akin.

    • David French

      Evangelicals were actually a record 27% of the electorate. Highest proportion of the vote, widest margin of the vote.

      • Richard Cannon

        You are still equating (confusing) percentages with absolute numbers. I am an evangelical and know many others who didn’t support Obama but did not vote for Romney. My experience isn’t proof that Romney lost because of his religion but for some reason significantly fewer voters cast ballots in 2012. This could be explained by many factors including Sandy or a reduced enthusiasm for the candidates among other reasons. There is no question that Romney’s mormonism influenced conservative voters during the GOP primaries and resulted in a less than fired up base for most of the campaign. In addition, his religion kept disillusioned African American voters and Hispanic evangelicals (Dems) who were disgusted by Obama’s support of abortion and gay marriage from voting for him. Some Black pastors were recommending that their members stay home and others argued that it would be better to support a back sliding Christian than a Mormon.

        • David French

          Richard, while there are always voters who stay home from every demographic, white evangelicals staying home was not Mitt Romney’s problem. In absolute numbers the evangelical vote held steadier than other groups, and with the percentage increase Mitt got, he got a higher absolute number than McCain did.

        • Sonja

          I did not vote for Romney or Obama, I prayed for days and read my Bible and I became very clear that as an Evangelical “Christian”, I could NOT vote for either man, my faith comes first and my love of the Lord Jesus Christ……I could not support romney because his faith supports the belief that Jesus Christ was Lucifers spirit brother and that Jesus did not die and rose again…..they do not believe he was born of a virgin Mary and they believe that some day (the men) will be a god on their own planet, now what part of that could a Christian support!…..and Obama, I just disagree with the platform on abortion and gay marriage!…..Enough said…………I voted for Virgil Goode

          • Chelle

            Mormons believe that before the earth was created All of God’s children lived together – a family, including Lucifer before he fell Isaiah 14:12, Rev 12:7-9. They most certainly believe that Jesus is God’s only begotten son, born miraculously of the virgin Mary, crucified for all, resurrected for all. They do believe they will be ‘joint-heirs’ with Christ Romans 8:17, but they do not teach they will get their own planet.
            Read their own teachings, not propaganda:
            2 Nephi 25:13 Behold, they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings; and all those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God. Wherefore, my soul delighteth to prophesy concerning him, for I have seen his day, and my heart doth magnify his holy name.
            20 And now, my brethren, I have spoken plainly that ye cannot err. And as the Lord God liveth that brought Israel up out of the land of Egypt, and gave unto Moses power that he should heal the nations after they had been bitten by the poisonous serpents, if they would cast their eyes unto the serpent which he did raise up before them, and also gave him power that he should smite the rock and the water should come forth; yea, behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved.
            26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

        • Joe

          I’m thankful that true Christians would never let petty prejudices destroy or divide our Country. Refusing to vote for Mitt is a vote for Obama and liberalism. I don’t understand why Hispanics or Blacks would hesitate to vote for a Mormon, unless they were misinformed. Mormons are predominantly non-white Hispanic, Brazilian, Native American, Polynesian, etc, and approaching half a million Blacks (see Black lds). Both of Obama’s most recent faiths are more white and have had more serious racial issues in their past. Many in his Muslim faith also have serious issues- including anti-Semitism, anti-Black, anti-Christian, etc. Muslims taught African slave trading to Europeans etc. My family is racially mixed, and I’ve studied these issues thoroughly. It is sad that some people are so anxious to stir misunderstandings.

    • Joe

      Mitt was the faith candidate, and he was exactly what our Country needed right now. He had the best schools, was more honest, had a detailed plan, balanced budgets, didn’t deal drugs etc, believed in Americas’ God given destiny, etc. He understood that the Country is choosing some evil, and wouldn’t accept certain things, and he didn’t want to be divisive. I think he expected good people to see that if they sat home and refused to vote, they were essentially voting for socialism, abortion, inaction, gay marriage, denying God, and a man who claims he prays in public, and in other interviews explains that he prays to himself, and was taught that religion is the cause of evil in the world, etc.

      The reason Mitt lost is because American voters allowed themselves to be blinded. They rejected Conservative faith based principles-

      1 Samuel 8: 7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.”

      Even if you disagree with Mitt’s religion, all people of faith need to stand united. Mitt got more of the Jewish vote than any other GOP, etc. Mormons stood behind Bush, etc, even though they disagreed with some things……we all need to stand for faith and the First Amendment, which is under attack by Obama and Liberals.

      This is what Liberals are trained to do-
      From CNA:
      Bohnett “..advised an “aggressive response” and also a “pre-emptive campaign” that anticipates the arguments of..opponents and undermines their credibility.” Going after “…Catholic, Mormon, and evangelical churches…”

      This is their goal as stated in the Liberal SLT “As more and more people leave behind the fallacy of religion…decency and dignity will prevail on earth. End the religious stranglehold on humans by 2025!”

      Thank You EFM : ) May God continue to bless you in your efforts to turn America around. NEver doubt that what you have done is good, and the Spirit called you to this. I love you, in Jesus.

      • Joe

        A little more to Sonja…. No vote was a vote for Obama, who prays to himself and thinks religion is destructive, and tried to bribe his religious leader into silence about his true beliefs. It is sad that some would sit idle, even if it was letting their Country die, because they disagreed with a persons faith. OUr COuntry was founded by people that you would disagree with on many issues of faith. What is even more troubling is that you sat home based on misunderstandings that were incorrect. You apparently didn’t bother going to etc to see what Mormons really believe.. We both know that Jesus would not lead you to misunderstand.

        Mormons believe that angels are God’s children, even fallen ones. Anti-Mormons turn this into that we believe Jesus is like Satan. We believe that Jesus is God’s Son in a very different way than we, or the angels, are God’s children. We believe Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, and is God, the Son. That He died for our sins and was resurrected to give us life. That we obtain that life by faith in Him. There is no Mormon doctrine about us ruling planets. but we do believe the Christian doctrine of deification (search “deification” and “theosis” on FAIR lds, this was the original Christian doctrine taught by “all” including Catholics etc, also see my other comments to you, and on the article “how not to witness to Mormons).

  • Lydia J

    Evangelical Christians knowingly promoted a Bishop of the fastest growing cult in America. Joseph Smith was a convicted con man. The result was God was voted out of the election. Abortion and gay marriage won across this great country. This is the result of Christians desiring power over the Lord.

    We reap what sow.

    • Sonja

      Amen to that, No Christian, in their heart should have supported Romney!!!!

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    • Sonja

      How sad that Christians folded under political pressure from their party (the republicans) and voted for someone like Mitt Romney…….that is why this Nation is the way it is……Christians are no longer living according to the word of God (the Bible only)……I was given a very hard time for voting for Virgil Goode, but in my heart, I know I did what God called me to do…..Christians ARE NOT united!!!!!!!!!!!and will continue to fall pray to worldly views (last days scripture)

      • Steve in St Pete

        I disagree. The nation is the way it is because too many people think as you do, and you taint the rest of us. So sad.

        • Steve in St Pete

          Not quite sure how the threads are working here, but anything I posted that says, “I disagree”, specifically refers to the posts by Sonja and Lydia J., and those of that stripe.

      • Agkcrbs

        Sonja, better Virgil Goode than Gary Johnson. If God called you to do it, and not your own fear, then nobody can blame you. God called most of us differently — and we’ve all lost together, you and us. When you say that God would rather have preferred you to fail to support life, marriage, property, and responsibility in order for you to keep the purity of your belief that Satan existed before God, and can’t have been created by him, as LDS think he was before he rebelled, it does make me worry about your faith and/or logic a bit — but that’s your vote. That’s your religion, and you’re welcome to it. If you think properly defining the Devil is more important than resisting the Devil as he reaches into our government, that’s your choice.

        But if you really think “no Christian” should have voted against Obama and for Romney… Well, guess what? Most U.S. Christians just showed that they think you’re the one who missed the point of it. Let them vote their conscience, as you vote yours. Their God, my God, your God has not left them in total ignorance, and their knowledge tells them that a president’s unwise policies and actions, not his devoutly held beliefs, are the things that may detract from a country’s spirituality.

        True, “Christians” are not united, whatever that word means anymore. Some of our most wayward countrymen still claim orthodox Christianity. But Conservative Christians, I think, are more united than ever before, after such a campaign, and we have the chance to go foward with it, though the road ahead looks overcast and grim.

        It’s been mentioned that LDS supported Bush more than they did Romney, and supported Romney less than Evangelicals did. That has one central explanation: young LDS voters are starting to dry up at the roots and blow away leftward, with so many other young people in the country. Racial interests could also be starting to override LDS value interests, the same affliction as Catholics and black churches suffer.

        Me, I’m frankly ashamed to think about it. It reflects very poorly on our church that, even while we would dare to preach to other Christians, those loyal to our own Master, and hope to offer some greater truth of God gathering and leading his people, we can’t even make enough sense of that truth ourselves to vote as faithfully as they do. What does the truth serve us, when we’re content to wear it as a religious label to feel holy and pleased with ourselves, but we then turn and uphold works of manifest darkness on the earth, the same works that have destroyed other nations in other times? Just a month ago, LDS were reminded of their duties to support the family by their leaders; but some of us are going the sad direction of our Catholic friends, deciding what truth to accept, and what we can safely ignore and replace with our new idols, the fleshly doctrines of secular liberalism.

        But many other LDS, the majority, can see through that fog, and we made our best effort. We’ll probably keep debating doctrine with other Christians, but when the next time comes to vote for God or against God, no matter if we have a Romney or a Bush or some other believer who assents to the common good, and who doesn’t ask us to squander our votes on his proud but futile campaign, we’ll unite again and vote for them. We can see the truth: Republicanism as it now exists is better for faith than Democratism, if only the Republican in question has the least shred of integrity and capability.

        Maybe next time, you’ll vote with us, Sonja, even if that person conceptualises the Biblical narrative differently from you. …Or maybe you’ll still think “living according to the word of God” means electing the leaders most opposed to it, or means standing idly without protest as others elect him. I don’t mean to disparage your free choice; if it’s God whispering to you, I hope you follow wherever he leads, even if it’s away from me or majority Christians. Still, I think our civil interests are the same.

    • Steve in St Pete

      I agree whole heartedly, but it is really, really sad when we are all considered being like the commenters above, Sonja and Lydia J. By virtue of the merits on its face, any candidate they would support would make that candidate suspect to me. (Candidate Akin comes to mind.) Unfortunately, the electorate does not understand that.

  • Linda

    Thanks, French Family, for all you did to help America remain strong, solvent, and get on the right track. The demographics were complicated, but you did a great job. I am sad for our country, but proud of you and Mitt.

  • Phil

    I would suggest that a good future focus for this web site would be to dedicate it to our interfaith dialogue on the following important principles:
    1) supporting religious freedom
    2) improving the moral fabric of our nation and communities
    The way society is headed, we all need to continue to work together to help to counter these trends, and your web site has contributed greatly towards the ability of all of us of different religious persuasions to work together towards our common goals. It would be nice to continue this tradition, and hopefully future generations can also continue building on this great foundation of mutual love, respect, and understanding, despite all the “nay-sayers” out there who try to divide us up.
    Thanks again for all your great work on this wonderful web site!

    • Sharon

      Phil, I agree wholeheartedly!

      Nancy and David, I hope you will seriously consider that suggestion. There is so much in this nation that divides all of us. It would be great to continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with you as we press forward as voices for all that is good and God inspired.

      Thank you so much for all you have done. I don’t think Gov. Romney would have gotten as far as he did without the tireless support of so many like yourselves. You played a key role in developing support for a man who, in my opinion, rivals George Washington.

      God Bless you for all that you have done!

      • Lola Warren

        Thank you to the Frenches–would love to meet you someday! Sonja and Lydia J, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and am amazed by your telling me what my church believes. I have been a member for 66 years, have studied and learned of our doctrines and beliefs throughout those marvelous years of serving and being served by some of the greatest Christians on the earth! I don’t know where you got your information but I would hear some of these distortions of our doctrine when my husband and I were missionaries in Florida. I went to a Christian bookstore and asked for information on the LDS (Mormon) Church. They told me to go over to the “Cult Section”! I bought several of the books and took them home so I could attempt to understand “your philosophy” about what we believe! I spent two of the “darkest” weeks of my life as I read this–sorry to say this, but–”trash”! I will not attempt to illuminate your mind with the details of the many distortions, misconceptions and untruths in these books and in your statements of our beliefs. I will only testify to you that I believe in a kind and gracious Heavenly Father who has blessed our family immeasurably; in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who atoned for me with his blood, a constant reminder of my indebtedness to him and that He is the Way, the Truth and the Light to returning to our Heavenly Father; and in the Holy Ghost, my Comforter and Companion!
        By the way, Sonja, in my opinion, you chose Evil over Goodness, by not voting for Romney! Not that Virgil Goode is evil, but Obama’s ideology is against God and goodness. A vote for a third party candidate was a vote for Obama!

  • David Oatney

    I agree…Romney’s Mormonism had nothing to do with it, and if it did, we are in a very sad state of affairs.

  • Felix

    You do realize, of course, that the 80% number quoted in the article is only WHITE evangelicals? Isn’t that a critical fact to leave out?

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  • Steve in St Pete

    David and Nancy French are good and are a class act. No one could have done more to effect and turn the pulse of American conservative thought in regards to the things we cherish so deeply: Our faith in God.

    The angry and self righteous are the ones that did not turn out. And don’t forget the Paulistas. It was a hard struggle to get Romney nominated in the first place, and perhaps the process was good, because we all had to hard examine ourselves and our preconceptions. However afterwards, many so-called “conservatives” just walked away because things did not end up as their small minds envisioned it should be. In the process, however, I think we accomplished two things. First I think there is more recognition of good, and upright people, beyond a religious/sectarian litmus test; and (as the article states) more than anyone could believe DID stand up to be counted. And second, the recalcitrant know-it-alls who think they know how YOU should live (whoever “you” are) have been isolated and confounded, after leaving a scorched earth in their wake. (Which most likely makes them happy.) I would rather not be [ever] associated with that kind of person.

    Finally, Romney, and those of us who know who the best president in generations should be, were believably painted as those self-righteous freaks described above. Therefore people voted based upon their immigration fears, their entitlements and their female reproductive parts. That’s where America stands today.

  • John Eidsmoe

    After the election results came in, I went to bed and slept like a baby — I woke up every hour and cried.
    But what can be good about this? Perhaps God has mercifully spared Mitt Romney from eight years of virtual hell. If any human being could fix this nation’s problems, Romney could. But I fear things are beyond that. And if an economic catastrophe is inevitable and Romney had won, he would be blamed for it. If it’s inevitable, I’d rather it happen on Obama’s watch, although he’ll still try to blame Bush.
    I am pleased that so many evangelicals united behind Romney’s campaign. Our differences with Mormon theology are important, but in a President moral values are more important than theology. I would simply say to those evangelicals who did not support Romney that you had an opportunity to do your part to prevent a second Obama Administration and did not do so. Maybe you can live with that; I could not, and I am glad I don’t have to.
    To the French family: If you are close to Mitt and Ann Romney, please encourage them to stay involved in the battle for America. I wouldn’t expect them to run for office again, but I believe God has a role for them — possibly similar to that of Mike Huckabee or Steve Forbes. And I believe the Romneys ran a very good campaign, not perfect, but good, against the overwhelming power of the Obama machine. No other candidate could have done better; few if any could have done as well. I am proud to have supported them, and I remember the words of Teddy Roosevelt, delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris 23 April 1910:
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    • Judy

      I , like you, “slept like a baby”. Your comments have touched my heart, and has eleoquently expressed how I feel, and added a wonderful quote. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! May God bless you for sharing your viewpoint and the wisdom you have shown.

    • OnyxE

      Moral values don’t cut it for christians. ‘I can do all things through Christ’. And that is why Christians should not be in politics. They tell everyone how they should be living while ignoring the fact people need the power of God in their lives to live that way.

      • Joe

        I agree with you, I’m so very thankful for so many good Christian people. It is these who make America great.

  • OnyxE

    How did Romney get a large number of evangelical votes? That doesn’t say a lot for christians. the guy was a vulture capitalist, made millions getting russian children addicted to nicotine back in the day and made millions selling cigarettes, was a blatant liar and gets the christian vote? Something is verrrrry wrong here. The bible has a LOT to say about money, hypocrites, and deceivers and Romney fit all three. This is shameful. “An explosive report sheds new light on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s time at Bain & Company, describing how the firm made millions on big tobacco by helping Philip Morris increase its revenues in the United States, and aiding two other tobacco titans to dominate the Russian market. According to the Huffington Post, “Romney’s consultants helped foreign firms and aspiring oligarchs decide how to corral Russia’s riches — including writing a official manual that outlined how best to navigate the process. At the same time, Bain leveraged its contacts with senior Russian officials to arrange sweetheart deals for its tobacco clients.”

  • OnyxE

    This is the man christians voted for??

    GINGRICH: “A story of greed, playing the system for a quick buck. A
    group of corporate raiders led by Mitt Romney, more ruthless than Wall
    Street. For tens of thousands of Americans, the suffering began when
    Mitt Romney came to town.”

  • Joe

    Just want you to know that Mormon support was very high and the Mormons I know were very excited. Some were nervous that we would be blamed for anything that happened in the Country, but America is worth it. Utah is only a little more than half LDS, but Mitt got 78% of the Vote. I do think that Mormon Dems (I don’t know why we have any of those, but they do exist) felt they needed to make a statement, maybe that they wouldn’t vote for Mitt just because he’s a Mormon. But I realized more than ever that we have to speak and act more. God won’t make us do the right things, but I thank you so much for your efforts to help turn things around. We can’t blame anything but voter blindness.
    1 Samuel 8: 7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me…” We get what we want, even if it’s not good.

  • Marianne Barrus

    As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints may I just say thank you . I know many of you believe our understanding of Jesus Christ is wrong but we love Him just as you do. We look to Him for grace and mercy just as you do. When we fall to our knees to pray we pour out our hearts for His help just as you do. In those sacred moments I like to think God looks down loving on all of us no matter how imperfect our understanding may be and loves us. Perhaps when we can do that for each other the charity that Jesus speaks of will transform our hearts and our world.