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Closing the God gap

The Republican grip on America's powerful evangelicals is weakening. And Democrats are finally reaching out to God's faithful. But will this win them the election? And would it mean a secular shift in US politics—or the reverse?

By James Crabtree   October 2008

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A benediction followed Barack Obama’s closing speech at the Democratic convention in Denver. The audience, many already exiting, were asked to join in. Those who stayed may have been puzzled to see Pastor Joel Hunter—a conservative evangelical, registered Republican, staunch abortion opponent and one-time candidate to head the Christian Coalition of America—leading some 80,000 Democrats in prayer. Equally surprising, just before the convention, Obama and McCain met for their first public campaign appearance in a mega-church in California, for Pastor Rick Warren’s “Compassion Forum.” On the day Obama accepted…

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