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An influential conservative Evangelical group is ramping up its spending on efforts to defend Republican majorities in the November midterms.
The Faith and Freedom Coalition, which invested heavily during the 2016 elections, plans to spend nearly $20 million on a voter turnout effort to protect GOP majorities in the fall.
“We are going to make a bigger effort in 2018 than we did in 2016,” said Ralph Reed, the chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
The article goes on to state the following:
Reed estimated that the group will make 180 million voter contacts through digital outreach, knocking on people’s doors and making phone calls, sending texts, emails and physical mail.
The current budget for the mobilization effort sits at $18 million, but that’s subject to change as the battlefield expands and contracts in the coming months, Reed told a small group of reporters during a wide-ranging interview at the coalition’s annual “Road to Majority” summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
The Hill also reported:
Acknowledging the divide in the movement over Trump, Reed said he doesn’t believe that the constant stories over Trump’s alleged affair with adult-film star Stormy Daniels will dampen turnout among Evangelicals in November.
“That does not mean issues of character are not important, they are important … I think the voters rendered that verdict in 2016 and rendered it in a very devastating fashion,” he said.
Reed also argued that Evangelical voters will be able to take a step back from the noise and turn out in November based on the successes over the past year.
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