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Megachurch Pastor admits he broke the law telling church to vote republican

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California megachurch pastor Jack Hibbs, of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, acknowledged a breach of laws prohibiting church support for political candidates after endorsing GOP Senate candidate Steve Garvey during a sermon.

Urging his congregation's support for Garvey in the upcoming Senate primary on March 5, Hibbs emphasized the need for a "pro-life" candidate, but later admitted, "I just remembered, it's against the law for me to say that in the pulpit."

Hibbs clarified that his endorsement was a personal stance as a citizen, not representing the church.

The megachurch, with over 10,000 attendees, gained attention when a video of the remarks surfaced on Right Wing Watch, leading to social media criticism.

Some argued that politically engaged churches should lose their tax-exempt status.

Steve Garvey, a former baseball star, faces the challenge of California's "jungle primary" system, where all candidates, regardless of party, run on the same ballot.

The top two vote-getters proceed to the general election. With Democrats dominating the state, Garvey may encounter difficulties securing a spot against favored Democrat Representative Adam Schiff.

The election is seen as less competitive, given California's strong Democratic inclination, with Joe Biden securing over 63% in the 2020 presidential election.

Despite potential hurdles, Garvey remains a leading Republican candidate in a state known for progressive policies.

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