Evangelical Voters Struggle to Support One Candidate

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About 150 Christian leaders will meet in Texas this weekend to compare notes about the Republican presidential contenders and the best way to draw conservative support for one candidate who meets their ideals.

Campaigning is well underway but evangelicals have yet to rally behind one candidate.

Support appears to be split among former Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

Organizers of the Jan. 14 meeting insist this will not be a strategy session on how to defeat former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Regent University distinguished professor of government Charles Dunn spoke to CBN News more about the impact the evangelical vote could have on the 2012 election.  Click play for his comments.

One source told CBN News the meeting won't likely produce any consensus.

Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, said many evangelical voters are still examining the candidates.

"We have got so many issues and yes, I think that people are very pragmatic," Nance said. "I think when you put Barack Obama against someone else, that conservatives of course will vote for probably whoever the someone else happens to be."

"But in order to win the general election you have to have a candidate who inspires the base," she continued. "They cannot win without us (evangelical Christians)."

The meeting comes just before the Jan. 21 primary in South Carolina.

Some analysts say it's now or never for a candidate wanting to come to the forefront ahead of Romney, who has already won Iowa and New Hampshire.

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