A post-mortem on the Romney campaign.
Mitt Romney’s losses Tuesday in a string of primary elections in the South likely stand as final proof that many evangelical Christians were unwilling to overlook his Mormon faith, say religious and political observers who analyzed the vote.
Exit polls showed that more than 60 percent of Republican voters in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia identified themselves as evangelical or born again Christians. In those states, Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher, received about four in 10 of their votes. Arizona Sen. John McCain placed second in evangelical support in Alabama and Tennessee, splitting the remaining vote with Romney in Georgia.
“I think there’s a lesson: No Mormon should ever consider running for president in the Republican Party,” said Alan Wolfe, an expert in religion and politics at Boston College. “The evidence from the South speaks volumes.”
A Pew Research Center poll this week found Huckabee’s supporters divided in their view of Romney, with 41 percent holding an unfavorable view.
“The guy ran as a conservative in a time of economic difficulty,” Wolfe said. “It’s really difficult to explain why he came in third in so many Southern states without making reference to his religion.”
This is the part where I note that the highest ranking Democrat in the Senate is a Mormon, and his party hasn't rejected him.