McCain, Obama at Cross Purposes in Colorado

And the congregants at Mountain Springs Church are voting for McCain. Williams is looking for "Men and women of integrity, strong character, strong leadership," and she believes she has found them in McCain and Palin. Bremmer will vote for the Republicans, invoking "character and integrity first." And Bertha said that he will vote for McCain based on family values issues, which include marriage and abortion, the biggest areas of concern for many evangelicals.

Getting Evangelicals to the Polls

Current ABC News polls show evangelical white Protestants prefer McCain over Obama 76 to19 percent. Ninety-three percent of those supporting McCain said they would definitely vote for him and 6 percent said they might change their minds.

What may help get evangelicals to actually turn out and vote on Election Day in Colorado is a personhood amendment on the ballot. That amendment would define personhood as a fertilized egg.

Evangelicals are hoping that this amendment will draw voters out the same way the ballot initiative to define marriage between a man and a woman drew voters to the polls four years ago. In 2004, the marriage amendment was on the ballot in 11 states, including Ohio. Carrie Gordon Earl, senior director for the conservative Focus on the Family Action, speculated that people drawn to the polls to vote on that ballot initiative may have helped Bush win Ohio and the election.

McCain needs a big turnout from evangelicals to overcome liberal voters in Denver and Boulder. This battleground state is traditionally red and rarely votes Democrat in the presidential election.

With 12 days left until the election, both candidates are headed to Colorado, and Republicans are hoping that the power of Colorado Springs' majestic peaks, red rocks and evangelical followers will be enough to win Colorado and help put a Republican in the White House.

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