Social Insecurities Lead To Big Election Wins


If social issues are dead, you could have fooled U.S. voters. In yesterday’s election, Houston wasn’t the only region to feel the enormous impact of issues like marriage and religious liberty. From Ohio to Virginia, the movement so often eulogized was once again the deciding factor in key votes on everything from marijuana to parental involvement.

Nowhere was the potency of social issues more evident than in the Kentucky governor’s race, where a trailing Matt Bevin (R) pulled off a surprise upset over Democrat Jack Conway, who paid mightily for refusing to defend the state’s marriage amendment as attorney general last year. Bevin, who was down in the polls as recently as last week, surged ahead on Tuesday’s ballots after making a point to highlight social issues. In Kentucky, home to the Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis controversy, the turning point for Bevin came when he made an intentional effort to defend the conscience rights of government officials.

In early September, reporters started picking up on the change in tone, noting that “Bev­in fired off a series of tweets Tues­day at­tack­ing Con­way for not stand­ing up for re­li­gious free­dom, and he held a rare conference call with re­port­ers later that day to vig­or­ously de­fend Dav­is.

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