Conservative politics in the South are often linked to religious practice. However, the image of the faithful politician may soon expand to include Southern Democrats, whose advertisements and interviews are inspiring the change.
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"Religion offers a powerful connection with many in the South, considered the most religious part of the country. Some Democrats … are finding their faith can be a valuable way to reach voters," the Associated Press reported.
AP's coverage of Southern Democrats and religion, which included an article and a video, featured interviews with U.S. Senate candidates Michelle Nunn of Georgia, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky and Georgia gubernatorial candiate Jason Carter, a state senator who is former President Jimmy Carter's grandson.
Although each politician addresses faith differently, all represent a Democratic Party that is eager to reclaim religious voters in the South. "Nationally, Kentucky and Georgia may represent the Democrats' best hopes to thwart a Republican plan to take control of the U.S. Senate," AP reported.
Nunn addressed her Methodist upbringing in a video about her grandmother. "We live our faith by helping others," Nunn explained.
"The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers: only God does. And neither political party is always right," Pryor, who is running for re-election, said in a TV ad.