The more things change...

A certain amount has been made--including in this blog--about the differences among evangelicals from one part of the country to another, and between Iowa and South Carolina in particular. It's worth noting, then, that performance of evangelicals in those states, most importantly with respect to their candidate, was all but identical. White evangelicals constituted the same portion of the primary vote (better than half), and just about the same portion of them voted for Huckabee (in the mid-40 percent range). What this suggests is that the differences--for example, between more charismatic types in Iowa and more Southern Baptist types in South Carolina--just don't matter that much anymore when it comes to politics. Back in 1988, when Pat Robertson (charismatic) got clobbered in SC, they did. Check out the details, for Iowa and South Carolina.

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