White evangelicals ended up being a crucial voting block that helped put Donald Trump over the top Tuesday. This group makes up a whopping 26 percent of the overall electorate and one-third of the Republican Party. They came out in favor of the billionaire businessman in droves. Exit polls report 81 percent of evangelicals broke for Trump, compared to just 16 percent for Hillary Clinton.
This unprecedented show of unity surpasses even 2004, when 76 percent voted for George W. Bush, compared to 21 percent who voted for John Kerry. Despite the fact that evangelicals bristled at the revelations of Trump’s unfavorable dealings with women, many leaders even speaking out against Trump’s brash rhetoric, in the end it was Trump’s position on issues that motivated evangelicals to favor him over Clinton. READ MORE