Social and religious conservatives are increasingly influential in Iowa Republican politics, sources say. The trend could prove tricky for the party's presidential hopefuls who want to focus on issues other than marriage rights for same-sex couples or abortion, according to this article. "They've gotten more involved in the party. I've seen a change in the kind of people who are volunteering -- and not only volunteering but working," said Norm Pawlewski, who lobbies for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.
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