Influential Evangelicals to Try to Rally Behind One GOP Candidate at Meeting

Around 200 of the country’s most influential evangelicals will huddle on Friday and Saturday in hopes of coalescing their support around a single Republican presidential candidate. The Council for National Policy, a secretive group of Christian donors, activists, and leaders that is currently overseen by Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, will meet behind closed doors at the Ritz-Carleton in McLean, Va. But privately, with multiple contenders presenting themselves as unflinching social conservatives, there is skepticism among Christian power-brokers that goal can be achieved.