Democrats reaching out to religious voters: 'I never hear any of that from Republicans'

Democrats are not ceding the religious vote to Republicans.

Last week, presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker unabashedly quoted from the New Testament during an appearance at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. He said, “Galatians 6:7 reads, ‘Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.'”

A few weeks ago, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg proudly proclaimed, “I am walking the way of a religious progressive.”

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Both candidates have reportedly hired faith advisors for their presidential campaigns as Democrats work to appeal to a different kind of faith voter.

Michael Wear,  author of “Reclaiming Hope” and a former faith advisor to President Barack Obama, said, “Some candidates are going to do better among some slices of religious America than others, and I think that’s a healthy thing. It shows that these candidates are running with a level of authenticity to who they are and what their approach to the campaign is.”

In 2016, the evangelical vote helped Donald Trump win the White House. About 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for him. And while the Republicans have cornered the religious market on pro-life issues and traditional marriage, Pastor Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners

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