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Politics and Religion in the White South$
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Glenn Feldman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123639

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123639.001.0001

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The Religious Right and Electoral Politics in the South

The Religious Right and Electoral Politics in the South

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Politics and Religion in the White South

Charles S. Bullock

Mark C. Smith

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the so-called core constituency that further explicates the relationship between conservative theology and politics in the South. It offers intriguing insights into the relationship of political parties, specifically the Republican Party, with their core conservative religious supporters. It discusses the challenges faced by Republican candidates in appealing to a religiously conservative core in the party primary without jeopardizing mainstream, swing-vote support in the November general election.

Keywords:   core constituency, conservative theology, politics, American South, Republican Party, swing-vote support, election

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