March 7th, 2012
06:20 AM ET
2 years ago

Loudly Catholic Santorum loses Ohio Catholics

(CNN) – Rick Santorum, a conservative Catholic who is outspoken about faith-based issues, lost Catholic voters by a wide margin in Ohio on Tuesday, potentially a key factor that allowed Mitt Romney to squeak out the narrowest of victories overall in the state.

According to CNN's exit polls, Romney took 43% of Ohio Catholics on Super Tuesday, compared to 31% for Rick Santorum, and Romney beat Santorum overall by 38% to 37%.

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  1. BW

    It's interesting that while Santorum has diminishing support among catholics, he's building among evangelicals. I guess they are pushing their chips toward Santorum and thinking he's the anti-christ. But catholics are voting for Romney? Does this mean that catholics are retroactively baptized as Mormons?

    March 7, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  2. Anonymous

    The media focus on Santorum's "Catholic problem" is ridiculous. It's well known that Rick has always appealed to evangelicals better than to the generally more liberal mainstream Catholics. And if the media really wanted to inform us, it would note the divisions within the Catholic church, where there are conservative subgroups, much like the evangelicals are a conservative subgroup of Protestants. Santorum no doubt scored very well with conservative Catholics, it's just that the polling isn't breaking things down sufficiently.

    March 7, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |