Iowa's evangelicals take spotlight in presidential race

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the North Star Lounge during a campaign stop in Fenton, Iowa on January 29, 2016 ahead of the Iowa CaucusThat Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for US president, should have taken the trouble to travel to tiny Fenton, with its 263 inhabitants and two churches, speaks volumes about the evangelical vote — particularly in Iowa, where the presidential primary process begins Monday. The inhabitants are a hardy lot, and 70 Republicans have defied the cold weather to crowd into the town’s only restaurant on a Friday to see the candidate. “A spirit of revival is sweeping the country,” the Texas senator tells them.

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