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The open­ing act was Pres­i­dent Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, the clos­ing act will be Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence. Now un­der­way in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, it’s the Faith & Free­dom Coali­tion’s an­nual “Road to Ma­jor­ity” con­fer­ence, a gath­er­ing of the grass-roots faith­ful, which packs a pow­er­ful po­lit­i­cal punch.

Lest we for­get, mil­lions of re­li­giously in­spired vot­ers sup­ported Mr. Trump in 2016, and evan­gel­i­cals com­prise his strong­est base of sup­port. Mul­ti­ple sur­veys from the Pew Research Cen­ter and other poll­sters re­veal that up to 81 per­cent of this de­mo­graphic staunchly stand by Mr. Trump — and they con­tinue to pray for him.

“Faith-based vot­ers who ush­ered Pres­i­dent Trump into of­fice last Novem­ber — who were con­fi­dent in his com­mit­ment to the sanc­tity of hu­man life, and to his pledge to fill the Supreme Court va­cancy with a jus­tice who would re­spect the Con­sti­tu­tion — are ex­tremely pleased with his record of ac­com­plish­ment this early into his pres­i­dency,” says Ralph Reed, chair­man of the host coali­tion, which boasts 1.2 mil­lion mem­bers.

The con­fer­ence be­gan Thurs­day and so far has in­cluded a Capi­tol Hill town-hall and a con­vivial leg­isla­tive lun­cheon which in­cluded Mr. Trump, who told the flock they were “big­ger and bet­ter and stronger than ever.” Also in the crowd: Sens. David

Per­due, Joni Ernst, and John Booz­man; House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, House Ma­jor­ity Leader Kevin McCarthy plus Reps. Mark Mead­ows, Mar­sha Black­burn, Diane Black, Bob Good­latte, Ann Wag­ner and Jody Hice.

In the next 24 hours, dozens of speak­ers will vouch for faith, tra­di­tional val­ues and in­ner met­tle. The podium ros­ter in­cludes White House coun­selor Kellyanne Con­way, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, iconic singer Pat Boone, columnist Charles Krauthammer, talk-show host Michael Medved, taxre­form guru Grover Norquist, Reps. Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Barry Lou­d­er­milk, and Ron Der­mer, Is­raeli am­bas­sador to the U.S.

Fo­rums span crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form, con­ser­va­tive and pro-life causes, hu­man traf­fick­ing, im­mi­gra­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and other is­sues. Things come to a close Satur­day with a Pa­triot’s Gala, with Mr. Pence as the guest of honor.

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