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How Faith Can Influence Voting

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Columbia International Univeristy student, Katy Swift, was at the rally to pray for the city of Columbia and to support Franklin Graham. Columbia International Univeristy student, Katy Swift, was at the rally to pray for the city of Columbia and to support Franklin Graham.
Pastor Wilton attended the prayer rally to pray for our country and all of the presidential candidates. Pastor Wilton attended the prayer rally to pray for our country and all of the presidential candidates.

By Taylor Hollander

Supporters of Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz were in the crowd on the South Carolina State House steps during Franklin Graham's Decision America Tour prayer rally Tuesday.

Graham encouraged rally goers to vote by faith when it comes to the upcoming primaries and general election, but voting by faith can have different meanings to different people.

"Vote in a way that would bring about Christian values more than bring about something maybe to help my pocketbook" said rally attendee Charlie Morris.

"No matter who becomes president, whether it be Republican whether it be Democratic, that's God's will and that's what God wants for our city." is how Columbia International University student Katy Swift interpreted Graham's message.

The South Carolina primaries are just weeks away and some of the group had a specific candidate in mind who stand for the biblical values that Graham talked about.

"I've been leaning more towards Marco Rubio... Marco Rubio is grounded with family and he's grounded in faith," said Swift.

Rally attendees supported different candidate, Morris said he likes both Carson and Cruz because they love God.

Pastor Don Wilton believes it is still to early in the game to be focusing on a specific candidate.

"There's a very fine line between the endorsement of one particular person, where there are two or three who I really believe who are people who hold very deeply to the values that I hold deeply to as a Christian man," said Wilton.

The crowd, estimated at around 7,000, left the state house steps ready to go out, vote and let the spirit of God help them vote by faith.

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