Although little has been said publicly to suggest that some within Iowa’s influential voting bloc of evangelical Christians oppose Michele Bachmann’s presidential candidacy because of her gender, some supporters pushed back against the notion during campaign events on Thursday.

Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, is running hard in Iowa ahead of the state’s Jan. 3 caucuses, and depends on success here to advance in the subsequent primaries. She is an ardent social conservative and evangelical Christian herself, and has courted similarly minded voters heavily.

During a stop at the Doose Café in Marengo on Thursday afternoon, former state Rep. Danny Carroll raised the gender issue specifically, telling the crowd that a passage from the Book of Exodus referring to women “usurping” power from men did not apply in Bachmann’s run for the White House.

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