Key Iowa conservative group will not endorse

The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group made up of conservative Christians influential in the sphere of voters targeted most heavily by Michele Bachmann, has said they will not endorse a Republican presidential nominee before the state holds its caucuses in less than five weeks.

“Frankly I don’t think Iowans … like to be told who they should vote for when they go to the caucuses on January 3,” Steve Scheffler, the leader of the organization, told Radio Iowa. “It just seems like a diversion from what the real goal is to turning out a lot of conservative voters to the caucuses and trusting them to make their choices.”

Conservative Christian groups have always been Bachmann’s best audience, cheering on her personal faith story and her ardent support for policies that align with their own. An endorsement from the Faith and Freedom Coalition would have been an important one for Bachmann.

The Family Leader, another social conservative group in Iowa, still plan to endorse, and has narrowed down their possible candidates to Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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