Evangelical Elites Back Santorum

Jan 14 2012 @ 1:40pm

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That's the word from Tony Perkins, via Sam Feist and  Weigel, from the evangelical pow-wow yesterday. There was a "strong consensus" for Santorum over Gingrich and Perry. But it could well be too late, as Santorum slides and Ron Paul passes him on the way up. Both are now tied in South Carolina – at around 15 percent in the poll of polls there in the RCP poll of polls. TPM has Paul ahead by five.

The big surprise for me in this is Ron Paul's remarkable strength in South Carolina. My gut tells me it's driven by military types, who share the view of many active duty soldiers that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were idiotic. But the evangelical machers' embrace of Santorum could now help Romney. If it halts Santorum's slide, it may also halt Gingrich's and Paul's rise, allowing Romney to claim a bigger victory.

I have a feeling – just that – that if Romney doesn't win this state, the whole thing blows open again.