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Published: Wednesday, March 14 2012 8:00 a.m. MDT

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Brigham City, UT

Regardless of who wins the nomination, the very idea that religious preference has ANYTHING to do with it is a sad commentary on our society. A society that spends so much time wringing our hands over separation of church and state.

Durham, NC

The important thing that keeps being missed is highlighted by one of your other headlines - "Mitt Romney hits Obama, ignores GOP rivals in Missouri". He is acting like he has one the nomination, not like he needs to explain how his faith, his work experience, better prepares him to be the leader of this country.

Romney needs to 1) stop spending so much time "hitting" the other people and 2) helping people understand that it is his faith, his ethics, his sense of right and wrong, his faith in God, that sets him apart from the other two Republican candidates. The economy is becoming less a factor in this election, so charector and social issues are sneaking into this context. Romney needs to difuse any thoughts that he is as much driven by the same ethics and values, or even more so, than the other two he is running against. The fact that Romney losses ground against Newt proves he has done a very poor job in this area.

We know who Obama is, we need to know more about who Romney is. After 6 years of running, Mit still hasn't completed that task.

deep in thought
Salt Lake, UT

Instead of wearing a sweater vest, Santorum needs to get a shirt made that says, "Not and Mormon." He could wear it to every campaign stop. That's really why he is getting votes in the deep south if he wants to admit it or not.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Religious people are the ones who want "religious freedom" and religion in the public square...

So when you shove your religion into the public, and it becomes an issue, you have nobody to blame but yourselves.

deep in thought
Salt Lake, UT

Oh and to those of that still believe that Santorum's wins were about "conservative" vs "very conservative" or rich overspending frontrunner or any other reason...

.. just remember that in 2008 John McCain swept many of the southern states when he was the moderate and Romney was the conservative alternative. McCain was the heavy spending frontrunner and Romney was the underdog.

So, you take two election years, two groups of candidates, the only thing that makes Romney the consistent loser is that his brand of Christianity is unacceptable to many Southern voters.

I don't complain, I would simply like to point out that this is a pure reflection on the voters and their own personal biases and not a huge shortfall on the part of Romney. He is golfing with the biggest handicap of anyone this election cycle. Who would have thought that Mormonism is more of a liability that multiple cases of adultery or complete religious and social extremism. Santorum has signed a pledge to never uphold abortion even if the mother and baby are going to die. He also wants to educate us all of the dangers of contraception and college.

Out of the south PRETTY PLEASE.

Kearns, UT

Considering over half of Republican voters in both Miss and Bama still want to believe that Fox News is right, and President Obama is a Muslim terrorist, itÂs hard to take anything these voters have to say seriously.
It is ironic that so many DNews readers get frustrated with religion being a hinder to Mitt. For one, from what we know about Mitt before his flip-flop to the more conservative candidate today, heÂs much more moderate than Utah Republicans. Yet they support him, due to his religious affiliation. Ironic. I guess you could say heÂs getting votes due to his religion, and losing them for the same reason. Second, Utah Republicans love Fox News. The same Fox News who continues to question President ObamaÂs religion. Again, ironic.

Lehi, UT

It's interesting that it seems Catholics are more likely to vote for Romney, Southerners aren't heavily Catholic, and want to vote for someone who shares their religious beliefs....Santorum is Catholic, Mitt is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. Mormons probably have more in common with Catholics AND other Christians than any other group...it's so confusing...

Getting it Right
Sunnyvale, CA

Majority of the votes or evangelical votes that Santorum got in the South are because they don't like Mitt and the Mormons to win not because they like Santorum. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will vote for Mitt because they like Mitt and not because they don't like Santorum. Big difference...

Heber City, UT

Isn't it wonderful the religious bigotry and closed-mindedness of those so-called religious voters. Amazes me everyday. They apparently have forgotten why this nation was founded. Religious Liberty and not religious bigotry.

Highland, UT

One thing the media never has brought is the fact Rick Snatorium has not even come close to winning a state where less than half of the voters are evangelicals.

It's the independent voter that will decide the president and Mitt Romney is killing Santorium in this area.

I wish I could say I can't believe it, but bigotry is still alive and well in the south. What is more alarming is that Santorium is so blatant in his approach to gaining voters this way.

Cedar Hills, UT

Mississippi and Alabama evangelicals will NEVER vote for a Mormon.. pretty simple.

Salt Lake City, UT

@satch "One thing the media never has brought is the fact Rick Snatorium has not even come close to winning a state where less than half of the voters are evangelicals.

What is the Ohio evangelical percentage? Santorum lost by 1 in that state. 3 in Michigan is still close, what's the evangelical percentage there? Minnesota is really over 50% evangelical in a GOP primary? Colorado too? Santorum won both of those.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Just keep wishing and hoping the phone calls from Mitt Romney will cease.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'd be curious what the voting patterns of the "religion is very important" people are when we get around to Utah. Then maybe we can ask if what people have a problem with is voters applying a religious test... or if they're just annoyed when the test is applied against their own faith.

Highland, UT


I stand corrected.

Lehi, UT

"But close observers ought to have suspected something was amiss as soon as they peaked inside the exit polls." Isn't that supposed to be "peeked"?

Romney will win, and will be the next President of the United States. "Mitt the Miracle Man!" You heard it first here!

Centerville, UT

It is interesting to see the comments about religious tolerance. Not every Southerner who voted against Mitt hates Mormons. And don't think for a minute that if Mitt wins the nomination (which looks pretty sure at this point) that the South is going from red states to blue states. I've always thought that the real intolerance and hate is going to come from the left. If you disagree, please go look at what Chris Matthews of MSNBC had to say about 'outsourcing the election to a Mormon.' I have far more confidence in Southerners evangelicals to be accepting than I do in the left wing of the Democratic party.

Farmington, UT

You have to understand southerner's ways of thinking. Then all this baloney won't bother you as you smile and shrug your shoulders.

Salt Lake City, UT

"I have far more confidence in Southerners evangelicals to be accepting than I do in the left wing of the Democratic party."

The numbers show Democrats to be slightly more intolerant of LDS politicians than Republicans are, but what is the reason for that? I believe that a lot of it stems from the fact that LDS members are, on average, very conservative, and that Democrats are still bitter about that Prop 8 thing so they aren't trusting of LDS politicians who they assume will be conservative. Once they get to know them better, like with Harry Reid, they'll support ones they agree with politically. They might think that the LDS religion is weird... but generally don't tend to care about religion unless they think a candidate will impose their religious beliefs on others with regards to gay marriage or abortion which is back to being a political difference.

Republicans tend to be conservative, so politics doesn't matter as much as to whether or not they'll vote for a Mormon (unless it's a Mormon who instituted a health insurance mandate...); their differences with Mormons tend to be more based on dislike of religion rather than dislike of political positions.

Layton, UT

Any other candidate and the press would crucify the evangelicals for being religious bigots who don't believe in religious freedom in America... but hurting Romney by maintaining religious ignorance helps them keep their guy Obama in office.

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