Why Do Democratic Candidates Hire Faith Outreach Directors?

Why Do Democratic Candidates Hire Faith Outreach Directors?
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At least two Democratic presidential candidates — South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker — are advertising positions on their campaign teams for "faith engagement" and "faith outreach" directors.

They are seeking to take hold of the narrative embraced by the GOP's candidates over the past quarter-century, perhaps most successfully by Donald Trump, who took 81 percent of white evangelicals' votes in 2016: mobilizing a religious voter base could put them over the top.

There are three religious groups these new hires might be aimed at engaging: white evangelicals, mainline Protestants and the religious left.

Would white evangelicals vote for a Democratic candidate?

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