Angry over health care reform and the abortion fight it reinvigorated, worried about the expansion of gay rights and frustrated by President Obama’s criticisms of Israel, religious conservatives are eager to play a key role in the outcome of the 2010 midterm elections.
But many are also not sold on the Republican Party, and analysts are wondering whether some of them will sit out November’s elections – something religious conservatives have done in the past when neither party appealed to their interests.
“There certainly seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence that the Christian right is more energized this year,” said Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council in Washington. “But I don’t think that’s necessarily a windfall for the Republicans.”
Mr. Perkins said conservative Christians – as well as Orthodox Jews and abortion opponents – are unhappy with Mr. Obama and looking for change; yet sizing up candidates who can deliver is another matter.
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