Culture Bye-bye, Rick and Huck! Why GOP evangelicals deserted their old pals (COMMENTARY) By David Gushee | January 6, 2016 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Culture Subscribe to Culture Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum speaks to the crowd after formally declaring his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an announcement event in Cabot, Pennsylvania, on May 27, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SANTORUM-FAITH, origianally transmitted on May 28, 2015 or with RNS-GUSHEE-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Jan. 6, 2015. Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.(RNS) How my online community explains evangelicals' surprising GOP picks.