EARLY ANALYSIS

Evangelicals Dominate Mississippi, Alabama Exit Polls

Early exit poll results show that 8 in every 10 voters in Alabama and Mississippi call themselves white, evangelical Christians, and more than 4 of whom say they'll back candidates who share their religious beliefs. While this is of course good news for Santorum, the numbers don't bode as well for Romney, who lost primaries this year in five states where evangelicals accounted for more than 50 percent of the voters. The demographics of Mississippi and Alabama resemble those in other Southern states where both Santorum and Gingrich have done better than Romney.