A mobilized conservative religious vote probably swept Republicans to victory in Georgia and the Carolinas on Tuesday and pro-life Catholics and Protestants made the difference for the GOP in Missouri, political analysts said yesterday.
Exit-poll data from Voter News Service that asks voter religious affiliations and values is not yet available, but election-watchers nevertheless pegged some victories to religious-motived voting.
"We were very happy that 74 percent of religious conservatives voted for the pro-life Saxby Chambliss for U.S. senator in Georgia," said Ronn Torossian, media director for the Christian Coalition. "Our voter guides had a great influence."
John Green, an analyst of religion and voting patterns at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, said Republican victories for the U.S. Senate in North and South Carolina turned on similarly motivated voters.