On Heaven's Ticket

After years at the grass-roots level, the religious right is throwing its weight around in the G.O.P.

Allen Quist is not the kind of man you associate with the generally progressive politics of Minnesota. Not only is he firmly opposed to abortion and gay rights; he even says men are "genetically predisposed" to be the heads of households. Despite his high-definition conservatism, last week the Minnesota Republican Party chose Quist as its candidate for Governor this year. What makes that more unusual yet is that the Governor of Minnesota is already a Republican, Arne Carlson, and he has every intention of running for a second term.

Carlson, a fiscal conservative who eliminated the state's deficit, is a moderate...

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