By Jana Riess
In 2016, 81% of white evangelical Protestants famously voted for Donald Trump, while only 16% supported Hillary Clinton. Mormons, another religious group that has voted heavily Republican in the past, were less enthusiastic but still voted for the controversial GOP candidate, with exit polls showing that 61% favored Trump.
Given those majority figures, it may be surprising that Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is reaching out to both groups in advance of the November 3 presidential election.
“We’re not leaving any votes on the table,” said Josh Dickson, the campaign’s National Faith Engagement Director. “We’re not leaving any outreach behind.”
Dickson said the campaign starts from the general belief that voters of faith are looking for candidates “who align with common good values, like loving our neighbors as ourselves, and working to ensure that everyone has a chance to reach their God-given potential.” Many Americans who have voted Republican in the past have been alarmed by ways the Trump administration has “acted in ways that are so antithetical” to those shared values, whether by mishandling the nation’s pandemic response or denying asylum to refugees.
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