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As Mike Huckabee’s presidential candidacy gains momentum, winning the Iowa caucus and now in the running to win Saturday’s South Carolina primary, the media has primarily focused on his ability to generate support among white evangelical Christians based on his conservative positions on social issues, such as his opposition to abortion and to civil unions for gay couples. This standard story line misses the former Baptist minister’s ability to speak to the economic concerns of evangelical voters and glosses over the growing divide in the conservative movement between social and economic conservatives.
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David Madland

Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project