November 3, 2004 -- Posted 6:30 p.m. CDT
Jonesboro, AR -- 4 years later, and numbers show the country is just as divided as it was in 2000. Ideological alignments seem even more noticeable. 11 states, including Arkansas approved constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. It's a social issue some believe called out the republican base, Evangelical Christians.
"One of the things that government is charged with doing is protecting the common good and this certainly falls under that category," said Reverend Steve Jacobson
Arkansas exit polls from Tuesday's election give some insight into what issues drove Arkansans to vote for a certain candidate. When asked which one issue mattered most in deciding how you voted, those who answered the war supported Kerry over Bush. Those who voted based primarily on moral beliefs stood with Bush all the way.
"His moral character, the integrity he brings to the office is something that most Evangelical Christians, whether they be Southern Baptists or Methodists, if they're Evangelical Christians, they can embrace that," said Jacobson.
Jacobson says Kerry did not get the support of most Evangelicals because he's pro-choice, and did not support a federal amendment banning gay marriage. Kerry has come out publicly though saying he believes marriage is between one man and one woman.
"Those are issues that are important to Evangelical Christians," said Jacobson.
So can Democrats ever win the support of Evangelical Christians? Jacobson say probably not anytime soon, although he says democrats missed their opportunity when not nominating a Jew from New England.