Jindal set to wrap up Faith and Freedom conference

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is set Saturday to close a conference designed to mobilize religious conservative voters before the upcoming midterm elections and the 2016 presidential contest.

Jindal is the last of several prospective Republican presidential candidates to address more than 1,000 evangelical Christians attending the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference. He recently took steps in Louisiana to block the use of tests tied to Common Core education standards, a position favored by tea party supporters and conservatives.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio were among those who also addressed the three-day gathering.

The conference highlights the balancing act confronting Republicans. Religious conservatives continue to wield influence in the GOP, while the Republican National Committee calls for an "inclusive and welcoming" tone on divisive social issues.

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