2024 and the evangelical comeback- POLITICO


EVANGELICAL MIGHT — It’s been a punishing couple of years for religious conservatives.

First there was Donald Trump’s defeat in 2020. In recent months, the rise of Christian nationalism in the midterms has drawn unflattering attention. And this week thousands of Southern Baptists spent much of their annual meeting discussing — and apologizing for — a sexual abuse scandal that has roiled the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

All this as Americans appear to be growing less religious. Last year, Gallup reported church membership in the United States had fallen below a majority for the first time.

But the religious right’s fortunes may be about to change. Christian conservatives this summer will likely be running…

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