Exit polls suggest 80 percent of white Christians who self-identified as born-again or evangelical voted for Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senate election Tuesday night, the Huffington Post writes.
Doug Jones’ victory upset the status quo in his state in many ways, as it put a Democrat from Alabama in the U.S. Senate for the first time in 25 years, and it showed off the political clout of Alabama’s black voters.
Amid the tumult of the special election, one thing did not change, as white evangelical Christians, longtime supporters of Jones’ Republican opponent Roy Moore, decided en masse to stand by their man, the Huffington Post adds.
According to exit polling conducted by Edison Research, 80 percent of white voters who self-identified as born-again or evangelical Christians voted for the former judge. About 18 percent voted for Jones, while another 2 percent chose to write in a candidate.
About 76 percent of everyone else, those who didn’t identify as white evangelical Christian, voted for Jones. Evangelicals claimed 44 percent of the total vote in Alabama, The Washington Post reported, even though they made up 47 percent of voters in the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections.
Overall, white evangelical support for Moore in Alabama stayed strong, despite sexual assault allegations that threatened to damage his reputation in national evangelical circles. The exit poll results echoed the overwhelming loyalty that white evangelical Christians across the nation showed the Republican Party during the 2016 election, when about 81 percent voted for President Donald Trump, the Huffington Post noted.