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  Democrats find religion, churchgoing voters
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Nov 02, 2006 11:43am
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News DateThursday, November 2, 2006 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic politicians have found religion and that may help explain why they are suddenly more popular among churchgoing Americans.

As they push to win control of the U.S. Congress in Tuesday's elections from Republicans, who have long enjoyed support among conservative religious voters, more and more Democrats have shed a reluctance to talk about their faith.

"What we're doing is paying real dividends in the faith community," said Rep. James Clyburn (news, bio, voting record) of South Carolina, who heads the House of Representatives Democratic Faith Working Group, an outreach effort by lawmakers to ministers from the left and right.

"We're framing issues in religious terms and getting our members to be comfortable with it," said Clyburn, the son of a fundamentalist minister.

His and other similar groups were formed after the 2004 elections when the religious right was a major force behind President George W. Bush re-election and the Republicans keeping control of Congress.

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