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In the race towards US polling day on 3 November, we decided to look at electoral battlegrounds: the intellectual battle for the future of the Republican Party; Black churches’ fight for relevance in the Black Lives Matter movement; and Donald Trump’s determination to cling onto the Evangelical Christians who voted for him in 2016

First published
Monday 26 October 2020

Last updated
Tuesday 17 November 2020

Why this story?

Donald Trump’s close political relationship with Evangelical Christians is key to understanding his presidency and his chances of re-election.

It redraws the image of a president who is painted as chaotic, unfocussed and exploitative. With the Christian right, Trump is clear and consistent; and Evangelicals believe they are using him as much as he is using them. It’s not a pretty arrangement, but it’s been very effective. Will it work again in next month’s election?