Evangelicals: Clinton, Giuliani, Anyone? Anyone?

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According to a Pew Research Center survey released yesterday, 55 percent of white evangelical Republicans say they would consider voting for a conservative third-party candidate in the 2008 presidential election if Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton were nominated by their respective parties.

Evangelicals make up a third (34 percent) of GOP and Republican-leaning voters, according to Pew and they’re divided pretty much evenly among Giuliani, Fred Thompson and John McCain. It’s unclear whether a third-party bid would be launched should Giuliani become the nominee. Several dozen conservative Christian leaders met privately in September to discuss that very possibility. Who knows, now they might just meet again.

Oh man, James Dobson is psyched.

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