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Just the kind of news you like to see 4 weeks from the election. The evangelical base that Karl and Ken have worked so hard to feed and care for is deserting the Republican party:

A nationwide poll of 1,500 registered voters released yesterday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that 57 percent of white evangelicals are inclined to vote for Republican congressional candidates in the midterm elections, a 21-point drop in support among this critical part of the GOP base.

Even before the Foley scandal, the portion of white evangelicals with a "favorable" impression of the Republican Party had fallen sharply this year, from 63 percent to 54 percent, according to Pew polls.

In the latest survey, taken in the last 10 days of September and the first four days of October, the percentage of evangelicals who think that Republicans govern "in a more honest and ethical way" than Democrats has plunged to 42 percent, from 55 percent at the start of the year.
The Washington Post looks at this development throught the prism of the race in Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District. Democrat Patty Wetterling is running against ultra-right winger Michelle Bachmann. Candidates don't get more extreme than Bachmann.

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