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Mike Huckabee

Evangelicals aim to strengthen their political influence

NASHVILLE, Tenn. They promise a conservative "awakening" in America unlike any other seen in the past decade, a show of political force that will rock the Republican electorate. Evangelical leaders who are feeling more isolated in a Republican Party focused on fiscal issues rather than social debates are planning to assert themselves ahead of a free-for-all GOP nominating contest with more than a dozen contenders. At church gatherings and political rallies across the South, pastors and some presidential candidates plot a return to culturally conservative messages that aim to push back against same-sex marriage, abortion rights legislation, the spread of legalized marijuana and...