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Evangelicals, Catholics May Determine Iowa’s Vote

Posted by admin on November - 4 - 2012 with 0 Comment

Evangelicals and Catholics are a major political force in the swing state of Iowa, where both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are scheduled to hold rallies on the final weekend before Election Day.

Of the roughly 3 million people in Iowa, 30 percent of the registered voters describe themselves as either evangelical or Catholic. Fifty-seven percent of those who cast ballots in the caucuses in this state this year were evangelical, and they overwhelmingly supported Rick Santorum over Romney.

CNN has found that many evangelical voters in Des Moines are supporters of Romney while being a little uneasy about his erstwhile moderate stand on social issues such as abortion.

“His (Romney’s) past positions in terms of abortion or in terms of his record in Massachusetts – it’s not been an easy choice to make either way,” Mwasi Mwamba, an evangelical but unaffiliated voter, was quoted as saying. Dawn, his wife, said she would vote for Romney, but added her religious beliefs don’t align with Obama or Romney. “I have to look at it, though I hate saying it this way, as the lesser of two evils, if you will.”

“He’s (Romney) definitely not a Christian in my view,” said Sheri Hess of the GOP candidate’s Mormon faith. However, she said she plans to vote for him because he holds Christian beliefs though his record on social issues is a concern. She described herself as having a “biblical worldview.”

Mike Pike, an evangelical, said he will not vote for either candidate because abortion and marriage are non-negotiable issues for him and the two have “failed on both of those.”


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