It is one of more unlikely stories of this year’s presidential campaign: evangelicals, who played a key role in Romney’s defeat in 2008, and nearly upset his effort in 2012, are now a vital part of Romney’s hope to win in Virginia and several other evangelical-heavy swing states. “Romney is counting on evangelicals. The irony is that this is a shotgun marriage between two very different religions,” said Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.
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