For Southern Conservatives the question is…. what’s worse than a pro-choice Republican?
Answer: President Hillary Clinton.
Southern Conservatives Open Wallet for Rudy Giuliani – NY Daily News (hat tip – GP Reader and PatriotFriend Dan Moho.)
The White House hopeful has raised more money than any other Republican across much of those Christian conservative strongholds.
The former mayor has collected more campaign cash than his GOP rivals in reliably Republican Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina, an analysis of fund-raising records shows.
He’s also tops in Bible Belt states such as Oklahoma, West Virginia, Florida and Texas, giving the ex-mayor a clear majority of Southern states.
Giuliani’s dominance in the Southern money race – while not necessarily translatable into votes – underscores his surprising strength in places where many may recoil at his pro-choice, pro-gay-rights views, experts say.
And it comes at a critical time. He heads tomorrow to a Values Voter Summit in Washington, where many of the nation’s top evangelical leaders will be listening closely to Giuliani’s comments on abortion, gun control and other social issues.
Some experts believe Southern voters are increasingly being swayed by Giuliani’s stance on other pressing issues – principally his conservative views on anti-terrorism and the economy, as well as a growing sense that he may be the best-equipped to take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
“Some people are surprised by the Southern support he has, but it’s not that surprising to me – given the importance of national security and economic issues,” said Prof. Earl Black of Rice University in Texas, an expert on Southern politics.
“That’s particularly true if Hillary Clinton is the nominee,” added Black. “Giuliani may not look that good, but she’s going to look even worse to these voters.”
The more likely Hillary seems as the Democrat nominee, the more independents and conservatives will want a strong candidate to stop four years of Clinton Nightmare, Part II. We are already making that clear by talking with our wallets.