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Published: Saturday, March 24 2012 11:57 p.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

In any state where the Republican primary voters are composed of 50% or more Evangelicals, Romney loses. In states where they are 49% or less, Romney wins. It looks like Evangelicals simply will not vote for a Mormon.

williary
Kearns, UT

Gotta love the DNews and their unbiased, unaffiliated “reporting!”
Romney wins Illinois by 12 points and the headline is “Mitt Romney Routs Rick Santorum.”
Santorum wins Louisiana by 23 points and the headline is “Rick Santorum beats Mitt Romney, still lags behind.”

williary
Kearns, UT

@Roland Kayser
The Mormon card is working both ways for Mitt. For every vote he’s losing because of his religious beliefs, he’s gaining one on the other end. Truth be told, whether people here will believe it or not, Mitt’s record speaks for itself. He was a very moderate Governor, of a very Liberal state. That’s the record he accumulated in his only political stint. Everything else surrounding him is just speculation, wishful thinking. The fact is Rick Santorums’ views are much more in-line with most Conservatives in Utah. Yet, they are voting for Mitt only because of his religion. Can’t have it both ways. Can’t cry about losing votes because you’re a Mormon, when you’re getting votes for the exact same reason.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

williary,

There's a big difference in voting FOR someone because of his religion and voting AGAINST someone because of his religion. One is because you have the same values and beliefs, as well as knowing he has high morals. The other is bigotry.

Also, you said, "Can’t cry about losing votes because you’re a Mormon, when you’re getting votes for the exact same reason." Guess what? Only 2% of the U.S. population is Mormon, so I doubt he's winning because Mormons are voting for him because he's Mormon. Trust me, he losing A LOT more votes because he's a Mormon than he is gaining votes because of it.

Ben H
Clearfield, UT

Now, if I remember my history correctly in 1976 the GOP nomination was contentious, where on the other side of the isle, the Democratic nominee had a smooth path to the nomination. Ronald Reagan forced a contested convention, yielding the eventual nomination of Gerald Ford only if they made him, Reagan, the key-note speaker in the convention. It was a very selfish thing for Reagan to do. One of his few political mistakes. Ford burned a lot of money and energy to get nominated and had less in his treasure chest for the general election.

The result was a Carter victory.

This is not what Santorum, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity want you to believe. They will have you believe that it was the philosophy of the candidate that is the most important qualification.

However, I have studied every presidential election since 1920 and found that when there is an incumbent in office, the candidate who endures the most contentious nomination process has always lost. When there an open seat, fight all you want, and the results are unpredictable. But where there is an incumbent in office, play nice if you want to win.

A1994
Centerville, UT

@Willary

"Gotta love the DNews and their unbiased, unaffiliated “reporting!”"

You'll notice at the top of the article that this story was done by the Associated Press, NOT the Deseret News.

"The fact is Rick Santorums’ views are much more in-line with most Conservatives in Utah. Yet, they are voting for Mitt only because of his religion."

Mitt Romney was a Bishop and a Stake President. I can assure you that most Utahns relate more with Romney than the suddenly born-again Santorum.

Gramajane
OAKLEY, ID

After seeing a video where Rick was so rude that he kept talking PAST his turn and used up Mitts turn though even the moderator tried to stop him and Mitt asked him to quit
---- I rather think Rick has shown he prefers a one man "debate"
--- if I were Romney the only way I would agree is if the moderator had the power to turn off Ricks mike.
I think Mitt has the fair play and integrity that it wouldn't be necessary for that on His own mike - but probably he would request it as I have always seen him act like a gentleman.

deep in thought
Salt Lake, UT

@ Williary

News flash: The DN is likely the only LDS friendly, mostly conservative paper in the world. If you don't like it's reporting style, then read the Trib, or better the Huffington post.

It boggles my mind that you spend so much time reading the articles looking for something to complain about when it is obvious you dislike everything Mormon and conservative.

Don't go to a candy store - full on knowing it is a candy store - and then complain that they sell too much candy. It is silly.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

It's not just religion. Romney is more qualified. Like Obama, Santorum has NO executive experience. That's one of the reasons we're in the mess we're in. Santorum is a lightweight. We need real leadership.

nrajr
SANDY, UT

Has anyone done a legitimate survey of LDS church members to find out how much support is out there for Romney simply because he is "Mormon"? While I am sure that there are those out there who will vote for Romney for that reason, I personally haven't met any. I know of a few Mormon Obama supporters and more than a few Ron Paul supporters. The Mormons I know who are voting for Romney are doing so either because if they believe he has the best chance of beating Obama or they believe that he has the best chance of turning the economy around.

nrajr
SANDY, UT

I take issue with the assertion that Santorum's views are more in line with the Mormon values than those of Mitt Romney. Santorum is a social conservative and that is the limit of his conservatism. During a 2005 NPR interview, Santorum discussed what he called the 'libertarianish right' within the Republican Party, saying

'they have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do. Government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulation low ... Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world, and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can't go it alone...'"

Senator Santorum consistently voted for big government and government controls. He has demonstrated a fiscal irresponsibility more in line with the liberal left than traditional Republican values.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"Mitt Romney was a Bishop and a Stake President. I can assure you that most Utahns relate more with Romney than the suddenly born-again Santorum."

And yet if blacks vote for Obama for the same reason, they are voting out of ignorance. Can the same be said for my fellow LBS? I do think what you said is a valid reason to lean toward a candidate, I just wish the same consideration and respect was extended to other groups.

Joey D
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

The most important thing to remember, Either Santorum or Romney or Gingrich or even Ron Paul would be a better president than Obama and don’t let us forget it!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

If you're running for preacher in chief you gotta get a little crazy on.

LetsDebate
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

Williary - the only speculation about Romney is by those who really aren't paying attention. Besides his stint as governor, he also has a well-documented track record of leadership and volunteerism with the Olympics, Bain Capital, and church service. There's no question he has the Midas touch.

Also, anyone who thinks the number of anti-Mormon votes he's losing is equal to pro-Mormon votes he's gaining must be absolutely clueless about the balance (or, rather imbalance) of those numbers. I think with the exact same background and record, Romney would have laid this primary to rest long ago if he belonged to any traditional mainstream religion.

I do agree with you about the headlines. Although AP may have written the stories, I'm pretty sure DN creates the headlines for them.

FairchildIV
Salt Lake City, UT

@WIlliary, @LetsDebate

Having previously worked for DNews, The AP stories come across with pre-written headlines that are not edited by the DNews staff. Obviously, any story that is written by a DNews staff member has DNews written headline, but the wire stories aren't edited. The only edits that might be made would be SEO edits (SEOs basically making something more google friendly, foe example changing 'Santorum defeats Romney' to 'Rick Santorum defeats Mitt Romney'. This makes is so that there are more key words to link it to a google search)

Demosthenes
Rexburg, ID

If Santorum and Gingrich were men of honor, they would bow out for the good of the cause over the stroking of their own egos.

Conner Johnson

The great people of America will not stand for another Republican/Conservitive/Red/GOP president. The reign of terror set forth upon our nation and the world by George Bush and the republican party will have to wait four more years (hopefully longer!!) to take the white house. Obama will pick apart any candidate like minced meat in the debates, just you wait. And why does Romney hate ObamaCare? didn't he... ahem... start the healthcare movement in Mass.?

Andermart
Pullman, WA

I am LDS and will vote for Romney. If Huntsman and Romney were in the finals of the race together I would vote for Rommney. If Santorum were LDS, and Romney were Catholic, I would vote for Romney. See the trend? We need Romneys skills and leadership.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Thanks goodness the Romney people are speaking in this forum with conviction and reality, whether in Utah or other states in this great United States of America. We have gone from a country that was respected to a country our current President has taken us down a road to disrespected and our own people are becoming dissatisfied. U.S. Constitution needs to survive so our nation can live. Congress needs to do work and not sit on the side of a President that is not doing the right.

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