This is a reprint of an article posted at I am not endorsing or dismissing the Constitution Party, but this article makes sense. You decide.

Primary turnout and recent surveys show conservative “values” voters have abandoned the Republican Party.

Illustrating a dramatic about face from past elections, a recent study shows that if the election were held today, 40% of all evangelical Christian voters would choose the Democratic candidate and just 29% would choose the Republican candidate. The remaining 28% are undecided, saying they would make their selection without respect to party affiliation.

A Barna Group release titled: Born Again Voters No Longer Favor Republican Candidates cites figures that spell doom for the Republican Party, given that “in the past couple of elections, the born again vote represented about half of the total number of votes cast in the U.S. (and)… given the close tally in 2004, the born again vote (is) vital.”

“The political pendulum hasn’t swung this far since the Whig Party became extinct back before the Civil War,” noted Constitution Party National Committee Chairman Jim Clymer. “Just as the Republican Party, then a third party, wound up deposing the Whigs, we’re seeing the demise of the Republican party because voters have decided it’s lost its relevance. That explains the steady and solid growth of the Constitution Party,” Clymer added.

The Constitution Party, on course to have ballot access in all 50 states this November, is the largest and fastest-growing third party based on voter registrations (Ballot Access News).

“Conservative voters have made it clear they want no part of the Grand Old Party. Statistics show many are saying they will no longer buy into ‘party loyalty’ when their party has been anything but loyal to them. With candidates like Senators McCain, Obama and Clinton in the mix, voters will correctly assume they have nothing to lose by voting their conscience in November — even if that means a vote for a smaller party candidate,” Clymer predicted.

George Barna, head of the recent voter preference survey said, “The evangelical vote is up for grabs. In recent elections, the faith vote sided with the Republican candidate…. This year… however, the faith vote cannot be taken for granted. Republican candidates have a tough road ahead of them.”

“To succeed in his bid for the White House, McCain must consolidate his support among conservatives, which will not happen just because he is the Republican nominee. In the wake of… Republican scandals… and… failure to advance… the social conservative agenda,… support for the GOP has diminished,” wrote Tony Perkins of the Christian political advocacy group the Family Research Council. Likewise, GOPUSA notes: “The problem the GOP faces is with turnout. Plain and simple, more (than double the number of) Democrats are voting in the primaries than Republicans.”

The Constitution Party will choose a presidential candidate at its April 23-26th Nominating Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

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