Faith and Politics: Will the South rise again? of Mississippi’s Most Famous Religious Landmarks: The restored First Assembly of God church in Tupelo, Mississippi, is the spot where a young Elvis Presley discovered God and gospel music and began strumming a guitar and singing in public. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.Eyes turn south today for the next set of GOP primaries and caucuses. Two of the four are way south—one south of the equator, the other just north of it. Nine delegates are up for grabs in American Samoa. The caucus in this unincorporated territory is today, but given the time difference, the polls have already closed. Twenty delegates are available in Hawaii, which also has its caucus today.

Of course, the eyes that have turned south are focusing on two big primaries in the continental United States: Mississippi with forty delegates, Alabama with fifty. These ninety delegates are a big chunk, but the deeper issue is the one we’re discussing this week: the significant role of faith in politics. (Election Central keeps tabs on all the primary and caucus details, in case you’re interested.)

Will faith play a prominent role today?

Both Santorum and Gingrich are hoping to cash in on the southern white evangelical vote. Romney has struggled to attract this segment of the American electorate, as we discussed yesterday. If he does well in Alabama and Mississippi—especially with evangelical voters—he could be close to clinching the Republican nomination.

What’s your prediction of today’s southern primaries?

How big a role will faith play?

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