Religious Right Wins at the Polls in November Elections, Maine Referendum

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Religious Right Wins at the Polls in November Elections, Maine Referendum


The results of November's elections show that the Religious Right remains a potent force in American politics, says Americans United.

In a post-election analysis, Americans United noted that candidates favored by the Religious Right were successful in Virginia and New Jersey and that a vote in Maine on same-sex marriage also pleased religious conservatives.

These results, AU said, prove that the political prognosticators who pronounced the Religious Right a spent force after the 2008 elections spoke too soon.

"I wish I could say the Religious Right is dead, but this election shows that reports of its demise are inaccurate," said Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, in a Nov. 5 press statement. "The pundits who announced the Religious Right's demise in 2008 were simply wrong.

"Many factors played a role in the outcome of yesterday's elections," Lynn added, "so it's important not to exaggerate the Religious Right's influence. But at the same time, Americans need to know that this movement's leaders are still influential in American politics. They haven't given up on their crusade to impose their fundamentalist beliefs on everyone through government action."

AU pointed to the following results:

* Virginia: Republicans Robert McDonnell, Bill Boiling and Ken Cuccinelli won races for governor, lieu tenant governor and attorney general respectively. McDonnell and Cuccinelli are close allies of the Religious Right. McDonnell is a graduate of Pat Robertson's Regent University, and the TV preacher and his family made large contributions to McDonnell's campaign. …

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