- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Evangelist Franklin Graham hits the road this week for what he says will be a 50-state tour urging conservative Christians to the polls this election year.

Multiple media organizations report Graham starts it off Tuesday with a rally in Des Moines, Iowa. That state holds the nominating events of the 2016 presidential contest next month.

Similar rallies are planned this month in Florida, Louisiana and New Hampshire. Graham is scheduled to be in South Carolina in February, another early-primary state where evangelicals could shape the outcome of the Republican primary.

Graham says he’s encouraging Christians to vote for candidates who uphold biblical principles. The Boone-based evangelist says he won’t endorse any candidates because no political party or politician is the answer for the country’s needs.

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