Sunday, January 15, 2012

Influential Evangelical Leaders Choose Rick Santorum For President

Evangelical leaders chose to back former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at a gathering in Texas on Saturday. Over 150 social conservatives leaders met at a ranch outside of Houston, and participants decided that they would only go public with an endorsement if one of the candidates received two-thirds of the vote, which Santorum eventually received on the third ballot.

The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, in a briefing to the media, said Santorum was a "strong consensus" choice after three rounds of balloting. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finished in second.

Perkins also suggested that evangelical leaders and groups would endorse Santorum separately next week and attempt to raise money for him as well.

Santorum is battling Gingrich to potentially win the nation's first-in-the-South primary in South Carolina on January 21. Doing so would cement either as the anti-Romney alternative in the race going forward and temporarily halt Romney's momentum.

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