Conservative evangelical grassroots organizations will spend millions of dollars in the coming weeks in an attempt to drive conservative Christian turnout for the 2018 midterm elections this November.
Three conservative evangelical lobbying organizations will work to ensure that evangelicals turn out to support conservative candidates in House and Senate races this November at the same rate in which they supported President Donald Trump in 2016.
As exit polls showed that about 81 percent of self-described white evangelicals supported Trump in the 2016 presidential election, leaders with the Faith & Freedom Coalition, the Family Policy Alliance and the Family Research Council are hoping to encourage conservative Christians who might not be likely to vote this November to show up at the polls and support candidates who can help advance the Trump administration’s social conservative agenda.
Although midterm election trends have not been kind to the party of the incumbent president, that is a trend that these groups are trying to overcome. As anti-Trump sentiment continues to increase on the political left, these groups are trying to get conservatives to match the fervor and enthusiasm.
“There is going to be a huge wave of Democratic voters show up at the polls in November,” Faith & Freedom Coalition Communications Director Lance Lemmonds told The Christian Post.
“We can’t control that but we can match the enthusiasm and match the turnout model. It is groups like ours that are going to hit the pavement to try and match that enthusiasm. We know [Democrats] are doing it. When we are out knocking on doors, we see the other side out in the same neighborhoods, we see their rallies. We know they are enthusiastic about voting. A lot of it is an anti-Trump sentiment and a lot of it is an anti-Republican sentiment and they are really not happy with the social conservative policies of this administration.”
Although many Americans — like in many midterm election years — won’t be enticed to vote in an election in which there is no big-name presidential ticket to vote on, Lemmonds assured that what is at stake is the ability to continue the “unprecedented level of social conservative policies that have come out of this administration.”
Passing laws that social conservative voters favor will be tougher if either the House or Senate are to flip from Republican to Democrat control.
Faith & Freedom Coalition, an organization headed by longtime social conservative lobbyist Ralph Reed, plans to spend about $18 million by Nov. 6 to micro-target around 125 million social conservative voters across 19 different states through door-to-door interactions, digital ads, phone calls, and mailers.
In those 19 states, Faith & Freedom Coalition canvassers plan to hit as many as 2 million doors for face-to-face interactions.
“We started around Labor Day and will run through Election Day,” Lemmonds said. “What that entails are volunteers going door to door. We have targeted voters based on their voting records and based on how we understand that they are pro-life.”
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Source: Christian Post