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Pope Francis v. the GOP

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The difference could not be more stark. Pope Francis, in Ciudad Juarez yesterday, called for justice for migrants and an economic structure that serves people before profits and measures its health by the degree to which it includes everybody. Meanwhile, the Republican party’s presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to see who can be the toughest on immigration and the idea that profit is not the final arbiter of economic relations is viewed not just skeptically but as a kind of heresy.

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More really useful data from Public Religion Research Institute: The number of white evangelicals in South Carolina has declined ten points since 2007, from 36 percent to 26 percent. That is still a high number, and evangelicals have extensive social networks that can be tapped to get out the vote. PRRI notes that the number of "nones" has increased, but they lack the social networks needed to help a GOTV effort. 

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