January 2, 2012
The crucial evangelical vote in Iowa is still uncertain the day before the first ballots will be cast in the Republican presidential primary, potentially boosting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Wall Street Journal reports. The three most conservative candidates -- Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- have each garnered support from different groups of Christians in Iowa, but none has been able to acquire a majority. Some evangelical leaders have been trying to convince one or more of the Christian candidates to drop out, hoping to consolidate the evangelical vote, but at this point it seems unlikely. Some are holding out hope that evangelicals will rally around one candidate tomorrow, but the situation is still "very perplexing and very undecided," said Jeff Mullen, a pastor from a Des Moines suburb.