It turns out that I was right; Washington Post polling director Jon Cohen tells me that polling on caucus night indicates that Paul got the votes of 18 percent of caucusgoers who identified themselves as evangelical — up from only 10 percent four years ago.

He still didn’t do as well as he did with non-evangelicals, where his share went from 11 percent to 26 percent. But the gain is nonetheless remarkable given that there were four other candidates — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry–who were tailoring their appeals specifically to religious conservatives.