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Record Turnout of Voters of Faith Fueled Trump Triumph

Evangelicals, Faith-based Voters Surged to One out of Every Three Voters, Backed Trump and GOP Candidates by Historic Margins

(Washington, DC) – Led by record turnout of evangelicals, voters of faith provided the margin of victory on an historic night for President-elect Donald J. Trump and down-the ballot Republican Senate and House candidates, according to network exit polls and a post-election survey conducted by Faith & Freedom Coalition.

Self-identified evangelicals comprised a record 26% of the electorate and voted 81% for Trump, with only 16% voting for Hillary Clinton. This was the lowest share of the self-identified white evangelical vote ever received by a Democratic presidential nominee.

The post-election survey commissioned by FFC and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies also found that 33% of the electorate self-identified as conservative Christians, and these voters cast 79% of their ballots for Trump and only 15% for Clinton. This was the highest share of the electorate made up of conservative Christians in a presidential election in the modern era.

Faithful, pro-life Roman Catholics voters contributed mightily to the faith vote. White Catholics, one out of every six voters, voted 54% for Trump and 36% for Clinton, swinging Rust belt states like Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to the GOP column.

A number of state exit polls showed astonishing margins for Trump among evangelicals. In Florida, Trump won self-identified evangelicals 85% to 13% for Clinton. In Georgia, evangelicals voted 88% for Trump to 6% for Clinton. In Wisconsin the evangelical vote broke 71% for Trump to 24% for Clinton.

“Voters of faith turned out in record numbers and gave Donald Trump a margin of support that provided an indispensable key to his victory,” said Tim Head, executive director of Faith & Freedom Coalition. “At a time when some were writing the political obituary of the conservative religious vote, it showed its effectiveness yet again. Republicans cannot win without it, and Democrats would be wise to find a way to appeal to these voters of faith.”

Faith & Freedom undertook a data-analytics-driven $10 million grassroots “ground game” campaign to educate, mobilize and turn out voters of faith. Its volunteers knocked on 1.2 million doors of social conservative voters in key states, made over 10 million phone calls, sent 22 million pieces of educational mail, and passed out 30 million voters guides in 117,000 churches.

The campaign centered on 15.6 million faith-based voters in the key states that FFC’s data analytics and micro-targeting found were regular churchgoers, held to a strong faith commitment, and were pro-life, pro-Israel and anti-Obamacare.

FFC Launches $1 Million Digital Ad Campaign Directed at Voters of Faith in Closing Days

(Duluth, GA) – Following on the heels of the announcement on Sunday that its volunteers had already visited over one million homes , the Faith & Freedom Coalition today launched a $1 million digital advertising campaign targeted at evangelical voters.

The digital videos will be distributed to mobile devices of evangelical and pro-life Catholic voters in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Nevada, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Colorado.

The campaign ads feature the contrasts between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as well as candidates for the U.S. Senate on the issues of abortion, taxpayer-funded abortion, judges, and the Iran nuclear deal. The FFC digital videos will receive an estimated 26 million views by millions of faith-based voters who have a turnout score of five or above and have been identified as social conservatives and pro-life.

“If evangelical and pro-life Catholic voters know where the candidates stand on the issues, they will vote,” said Tim Head, executive director of Faith & Freedom Coalition. “This digital ad campaign, combined with voter education mail, get-out-the-vote phone calls, voter guides in churches, and door-to-door canvassing, will insure a strong turnout of faith-based voters.”

FFC’s digital ads are targeted and distributed to the cell phones of evangelical voters, again reaching the voters who are also receiving Faith & Freedom Coalition voter guides, phone calls, and home visits. FFC’s digital team removes early voters from the program as soon as their vote is recorded, shifting video messages to voters who have not yet gone to the polls.

A total of 15.6 million evangelical and Catholic voters in twelve key states have been the focus of the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s ground game. The digital ad campaign is the final push of an ambitious program that began in early August to educate and turn out these voters.

Faith & Freedom Volunteers Visit One Million Homes

FFC “Ground Game” Reaches 1 Million Doors with 10 Days to Go

(Duluth, GA) – Faith & Freedom Coalition volunteers will knock on their one millionth door by the end of the day according to metrics provided by FFC “ground game” staff. By close of business today, FFC activists will visit an estimated 1,003,846 homes of faith-based voters in the key states that will determine the outcome of the 2016 elections.

The home visits have been concentrated in 12 states at mid-to-high propensity voters with a turnout score of 5 or above, as well as voters data analytics determine are either evangelicals or Roman Catholics, and have self-identified as pro-life, pro-marriage and anti-Obamacare. Using a smartphone app, 2,132 volunteers and 257 paid staff working out of 30 field offices are hanging door hangers, passing out voter guides, and using customized scripts to interact with voters based on their specific issue burden.

The door knocks represent the front lines of a ground game that includes 30 million voter guides, 22 million pieces of mail, 15 million phone calls, and 26 million digital ads targeted to the lap tops and mobile phones of 15.6 million specific micro-targeted evangelical and Catholic voters.

“With ten days to go we have already surpassed our goal of visiting one million socially conservative households containing 1.7 million voters of faith,” said Tim Head, executive director of Faith & Freedom Coalition. “Our state and local leaders are executing a state-of-the-art get-out-the-vote program that combines shoe leather politics with cutting-edge data analytics.”

FFC’s “ground game” began in early August with a goal of one million door knocks. Volunteers are expected to knock on 25-40,000 doors per day for the final 10 days.

State Representative Jason Saine of North Carolina, an FFC Team Leader in the Tarheel State, said, “I’m extremely proud of the work that Faith & Freedom activists have done in North Carolina to cut through the clutter, transcend the liberal media and millions of dollars in attack ads, speaking directly with a record number of voters of faith and encourage them to go to the polls.”

Ralph Reed on the Michael Medved Show

Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed was featured on the Michael Medved Show today.  Reed joined the show to discuss the sharp contrast on issues between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and the need for Christians and other people of faith to vote their beliefs and values.  Click the links below to listen to each segment.

      Michael Medved Show Segment 1
      Michael Medved Show Segment 2