Christian Turn-Out in Iowa Was Much Higher than Expected: Some say a Sleeping Giant Has Awakened

Winner of Iowa's Republican Caucuses, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz.
Winner of Iowa’s Republican Caucuses, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz.

When President Obama won re-election in 2012, the Rev. Franklin Graham (son of Rev. Billy Graham) told the Christian Broadcasting Network, “The majority of Christians in this country just did not vote for whatever reason. The vast majority of evangelicals did not go to the polls. God is in control, and if Christians are upset, they need to be upset at themselves. We need to do a better job of getting our people – the church – to vote.”

Last December, Texas Senator Ted Cruz told supporters, “If we awaken and energize the body of Christ and people of faith to come out and vote our values – we will win and we will turn our country around.”

Monday night, the congregation responded. Iowans flocked to the Republican caucuses to give Cruz a 28 percent victory over billionaire real estate tycoon Donald J. Trump, who came in second at a respectable 24 percent.

“Early figures from the Republican contest show evangelicals or those who identify as ‘born-again’ Christians accounted for 62 percent – a number much higher than expected,” said Fox News.

“God bless the great state of Iowa!” said Cruz when beginning his victory speech. “Iowa has sent notice. The Republican nominee and the next president of the United States will not be chosen by the media, will not be chosen by the Washington establishment, will not be chosen by the lobbyists, but will be chosen by the most incredible, powerful force where all sovereignty resides in our nation: by ‘We the People,’ the American people.”

“Cruz was buoyed by the 12,000 volunteers working for him in Iowa,” said the Des Moines Register, “including 164 pastors.”

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SOURCE: Stephen Z. Nemo 
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