Tony Perkins: Romney Has Not Yet Captured Evangelicals

Tony Perkins, who leads the socially conservative Family Research Council, said Sunday that Mitt Romney has a long way to go before capturing the evangelical vote despite apparent gains in his Nevada victory last night.

“I disagree that Romney has captured the evangelical support, the conservative support. We see that they’re warming to him, but he still has a long way to go,” Perkins said on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think Mitt is warming to it. He’s made statements about religious freedom. I think he can get there. But we’re still a ways away from that point.”

“I think there’s strong overlap between tea party and evangelical voters,” he added.

The social conservative attacked President Obama for his contraception mandate, which religious conservatives have been freaking out over.

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