(RNS) — One day after a surprise Democratic victory, many political onlookers are wondering if evangelicals are reconsidering the importance of character.

That was the question after Tuesday’s (Dec. 12) special election in Alabama, in which the usually reliable and sizable Republican voting bloc underperformed to give Democrat Doug Jones a stunning, come-from-behind victory in his race for U.S. Senate.

To some evangelical watchers, the answer is obvious. Alabama, a deep-red state where white evangelicals can easily elect one of their own, could not stomach a flawed candidate like Roy Moore, who stands accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls and

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