ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Kevin Chupka report: If former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee doesn’t do as well as he’d like in tonight’s Iowa caucuses, it won’t be because of lack of praying.
A spontaneous prayer circle broke out in the ballroom at the Des Moines Embassy Suites, where Huckabee supporters are congregating to watch the returns come in.
Rebekah Swicegood, a 22-year-old music teacher from Lowell, Ark., led the circle with seven friends, pontificating for approximately 20 minutes, beseeching the Lord to provide a victory for Huckabee, a Baptist minister before entering elected office.
Swicegood said, "We pray that you will lift Mike Huckabee up, Lord," as part of a plan for the U.S. to "return to the God of our founding fathers."
This would include ending abortion, and ending homosexuality. "When Rome got to the point of accepting sodomy, they fell," Swicegood said.
Weeping at one point, Swicegood also prayed "that we no longer say, in the name of tolerance, that we accept every wrong religion."
After her prayer was finished, the group broke out into a chorus of "God Bless America."
Swicegood said she was home schooled, which is a constituency Huckabee has courted assiduously.
"Mike Huckabee is a picture of God’s last chance for America, because we have rejected him," she said. "Mike Huckabee is going to beseech God’s mercy on America."
At the time, Huckabee and his wife were making their way back from Waterloo, where they were visiting a caucus.