Mormon influence in Nevada fading, but still a factor
July 3rd, 2012
07:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Mormon influence in Nevada fading, but still a factor

Las Vegas (CNN) - In 1986, with control of the United States Senate up for grabs, The Economist dispatched a reporter to Nevada, an important battleground that year, to survey the race between then-Rep. Harry Reid and his Republican opponent, James Santini.

"Mr. Reid's performance in Las Vegas could well turn on the Mormon vote," the correspondent noted, spotlighting Reid's religion. "Though only some 12% of Nevadans are Mormons, they punch more than their weight. Less than half the state's eligible voters bother to register, but Mormons almost always do, which gives them about a quarter of the likely turnout."

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  1. Rudy NYC

    The most devout people of faith that I know do not bother with voting and elections. In fact, many of them regard politics and the activity of voting as being sinful.

    July 3, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. Myviewis

    To be fair, Democrats were courting the Muslim vote in 2008 and praising Muslim. So, how does Muslim religion compare to Mormon religion? Why are Democrats anti-Mormon but favor Muslim religion?

    July 3, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |