Undecided Christians Face Crucial Vote

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CBNNews.com - GREENVILLE, S.C. - Saturday's crucial GOP contest in South Carolina is down to the wire, and it appears the outcome may hang over the heads of Christians who can't seem to make up their minds.

A recent survey found that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee leads the polls with voters who identify with his values. He also leads among Evangelical Christians. But, a new poll found that one out of every five Republican South Carolinians are undecided.

So why are many Christians in the Palmetto State still trying to decide who to vote for in this race?

To many, Huckabee seems like he would be the ideal candidate for Christians in the Bible Belt.

He's a Southern Baptist minister, who was governor of Arkansas for 10 years. Earlier this month, he did the unthinkable and won the Iowa Caucuses. He came in third place in New Hampshire's primary. The amazing success of his bid for presidency has puzzled and impressed analysts and pundits alike.

But for voters here in South Carolina, those wins don't really matter much. They are concerned more with the "holes in his record that need to be filled with answers."

"I really like his values," said Frank Radich who attended a Huckabee rally in Greenville. "But I am concerned about his foreign policy experience. I am leaning toward Huckabee, but I really need to hear more."

CBN News spoke with several at the event who echoed the same concerns.

"He has exactly the kind of character I'm looking for," said South Carolinian Danny Williams. "But I wish I could take his character and combine it with McCain's war experience and Romney's leadership skills."

South Carolina's Lenora Cudey says she is mostly concerned about the problems facing health care in America. While she like's the fact that Huckabee is a Christian, she worries that he won't have an answer for her issue.

"I work in the health field and am unemployed," Cudey said. "I'm also a nurse, so I get it from both ends."

CBN News also managed to catch up with some decided voters.

Jamie Shaw, for example, says there's no doubt in her mind that Huckabee should be in the White House. She wonders, however, if some Christians are scared to vote for him because of the empty promises made in the past by other Christian candidates.

"There have been political figures in the past who have taken the Christian vote for granted, but I feel like he's genuine," Shaw said.

So as South Carolinians head to the polls tomorrow, Christian voters here will have their say whether or not Huckabee is truly their man.

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