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In Republican Primary, Evangelicals Reign

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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum talks to the media after a Republican presidential debate Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Here's good news for the religious-issues wielding Rick Santorum: Evangelical voters have never been more influential in a Republican presidential primary. 
An analysis conducted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition found the Born-Again Christian vote accounted for half the total electorate in the 2012 GOP presidential primary, the highest total recorded in the modern era. Evangelicals have constituted 50.53 percent of this year's vote, according to 16 exit and entrance polls taken during the primary, compared to just 44 percent in 2008.

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