Christian conservative says evangelicals will likely move toward Mitt Romney

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Christian conservative leader believes evangelical voters will continue their shift toward GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney now that Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign.

Dr. Richard Land, director of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, says he's saddened by Santorum's decision, but thinks the former Pennsylvania senator made the best decision for the future.

Land predicts evangelical voters will continue to move toward Romney unless the former Massachusetts governor does something "counterproductive." Land says Romney should continue to stress key issues including marriage, support for Israel and opposition to abortion.

He says he believes Mormonism will become an issue because media, which he says favor Obama, "will bring it up."

Land says the president has the support of about one third of evangelicals but "has the unique ability to unite people around his opponent."

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270-a-10-(Dr. Richard Land, director, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, in AP interview)-"support for Israel"-Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention says Mitt Romney needs to stress key issues to galvanize support among evangelicals. (10 Apr 2012)

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271-a-10-(Dr. Richard Land, director, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, in AP interview)-"bring it up"-Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention says he believes the press will show its bias by harping on Mormonism. (10 Apr 2012)

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