At least, according to a new article in The State:
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is emerging as the favorite of hard-core conservative Republicans in South Carolina who want to derail John McCain’s straight talk express.
Their first pick, U.S. Sen. George Allen of Virginia, lost standing when he made highly publicized racial slurs during a heated re-election campaign.
That left conservatives–mostly evangelical Christians–with one real challenger to McCain.
“Social conservatives are absolutely going to line up behind Romney,” said Dee Benedict of Greenville, a prominent activist. “What I’ve found in talking with pastors and activists is that a number of them are already committed to Romney–to my surprise.”
Their goal is to head off McCain at the pass–meaning South Carolina–and keep him from winning the Republican presidential nomination.
Romney’s candidacy offers them their best opportunity, they think.
If this isn’t confirmation that evangelicals are willing to support the man who can best represent their values, I don’t know what is. Read the whole article here.