Concerns that Mitt Romney’s Mormonism would put off white evangelical voters did not bear out at the polls Tuesday.
Seventy-eight percent of white evangelical Christians went for Romney, up from 74 percent for 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Those voters were 26 percent of the electorate this year, as they were in 2008.
Mark DeMoss, a prominent evangelical communications executive who has been an adviser to Romney since before 2008, said Wednesday that the apparent absence of focus on Mormonism was “something to feel good about, and there’s not a lot to feel good about.”
“This showed that having a common faith was not a litmus test. Where I think in not too many years past it was something of a test for evangelicals,” DeMoss said.
Overall, the faith groups that traditionally support Republicans — people who identify as white Christians, including evangelicals, or as Catholics who attend church frequently — went for Romney in even stronger numbers than they did for McCain in 2008.