(CNN)–Half a million Japanese faithful pray for a better global economy in 2012. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
By Dan Merica, CNN
(CNN) – Even though former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, one of two Catholics in the race for the GOP nomination, was helped by an evangelical bump in Iowa on Wednesday, his support among Catholic Republicans is near the bottom of the field, according to a new Gallup survey.
Santorum, who according to the survey gets the support of 3% of all registered Republicans, only gets 4% support – a 1% bump – among his Catholic GOP brethren.
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Rick Santorum finished second in the Iowa Caucuses, only 8 votes behind Gov. Mitt Romney.
CNN: Santorum benefits from evangelical surge, but born-again Iowans splinter
Rick Santorum appeared to be riding a largely evangelical wave of support to a top two finish in the Iowa Republican caucuses Tuesday night, according to CNN entrance polls, but the evangelical bloc nonetheless appeared to be seriously splintered.
CNN: Man questioned in New York City firebomb attacks
Authorities said Tuesday they believe a single arsonist may be responsible for a weekend series of fire bombings in one New York City neighborhood, adding that they are investigating the incidents as possible hate crimes.
Editor's Note: Ralph Reed is founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
By Ralph Reed, Special to CNN
(CNN)–One of the most important sub-plots in the Iowa caucuses was which candidate would win the support of Iowa’s evangelical voters, who comprised 60 percent of the vote in 2008, and according to the CNN entrance poll, comprised 58% of the vote Tuesday night.
In the media’s instant analysis, a “splintering” of Iowa's evangelical vote among numerous candidates made it difficult for them to influence the selection of the Republican presidential nominee.
But this narrative is based on a caricature of evangelicals and other voters of faith. Consider this: 61% of self-identified evangelicals who attended a caucus Tuesday night in Iowa voted for a candidate who is either Roman Catholic (Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum) or Mormon (Mitt Romney, who won the caucuses, besting Santorum by eight votes ).
Here's how the evangelical vote broke down: 32% for Santorum, 18% for Ron Paul, 13% each for Romney, Gingrich and Rick Perry, 6% for Michele Bachmann and 1% for Jon Huntsman.
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