Oct. 7th, 2018 – There’s an unusual political commercial running these days around Charlotte, North Carolina, showing a candidate being baptized with water from the Euphrates River while serving as a U.S. Marine in Iraq.

The candidate is Dan McCready, who’s running for the U.S. House of Representatives as a newcomer and moderate Democrat against Mark Harris, a Baptist pastor and Christian evangelical leader. One of the stars of the Democrats’ class of challengers for Republican-held House seats in the November midterm election, McCready is inoculating himself against the customary charge from the religious right that Democrats are anti-faith left-wingers.