The Religious Right and Electoral Politics in the South

Charles S. Bullock and Mark C. Smith

in Politics and Religion in the White South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123639
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134758 | DOI:
The Religious Right and Electoral Politics in the South

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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

Chapter.  5634 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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