With a slew of Republican candidates tossing their hats into the ring for the 2016 presidential primaries, expect to see a strong evangelical influence from many of the southern candidates, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz. With the RFRA making headlines in Indiana, Arkansas, and Georgia, among others, expect it and other issues important to the hard right base continue to play an important role – at least for now.
Says InsiderAdvantage Chairman Matt Towery “This overall issue of the religious freedom bill continues in Arkansas and in other states, Georgia recently considered it, but chose not to pass it this year, but it will come back next year,” he said. “It will play a role in these presidential campaigns, but I don’t believe it will be a critical role. You’re ultimately going to see these races turn into other issues that are more pocketbook oriented or more foreign policy oriented.”