17 January 2008

Barack Obama's Mormon Strategy


Latter-day Saints are a significant constituency in many Western states, like Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, California, Washington, and obviously Utah.  Understanding the importance of this significant group, Barack Obama's campaign has plans to attract Mormons in the general election, that is if Governor Romney does not receive his party's nomination. Please check out this article.  Although the Church does not support any political candidate, including Mitt, a large number of Church members in the West have pledged to support Mr. Romney.  But other Mormons are supporting other candidates in both major parties.  There are, in fact, a number of LDS groups caucusing for Barack Obama around the country.  Examples of such support are groups on Facebook, entitled, "Mormons for Obama", or "White Mormon Men for Obama".
 According to some pundits and political strategists, Mormons in general are less likely to support Huckabee or McCain if Romney loses.  The Obama campaign hopes to capitalize on that.

Among elected officials, one of Obama's earliest supporters was Mayor Mufi Hannemann, a Mormon Democrat and mayor of Honolulu, Obama's city of birth.

4 comments:

Emmy said...

I'm switching from Mitt Romney to, hopefully, Obama. As a staunch republican for the last 15 years, I have decided to become a democrat, largely due to Mike Huckabee and his anti-Latter-day Saint fest. I have been shocked an appalled at the outright hatred and unfair prejudice he and his staff have exhibited towards members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hatred and persecution is not Christian. We in this great country need to stand up for the civil rights of ALL people in this country regardless of race, gender, or religion. This country was founded on the principle of religious freedom. I have never met a group of more devout, kind, honest Christians than the "Mormons." The democrats do a much better job of including, standing up for, and loving everyone. Democrats are better about standing up for civil rights. I've had it with the republican party. How could they be so ignorant to elect Mccain?! or Huckabee?!! Mike Huckabee and John Mccain, you have left a very bad taste in my mouth. I was one of Bush's most staunch supporters and before this election I never could have dreamed of registering as a democrat, but here I am. I'm putting an Obama sign in my front yard.

Emmy said...

I'm a Romney supporterswitching to Obama. As a staunch republican for the last 15 years, I have decided to become a democrat, largely due to Mike Huckabee. I have been shocked an appalled at the outright hatred and unfair prejudice he and his staff have exhibited towards members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hatred and persecution is not Christian. We in this great country need to stand up for the civil rights of ALL people in this country regardless of race, gender, or religion. This country was founded on the principle of religious freedom. I have never met a group of more devout, kind, honest Christians than the "Mormons." The democrats do a much better job of including, standing up for, and loving everyone. Democrats are better about standing up for civil rights. I've had it with the republican party. How could they be so ignorant to elect Mccain?! or Huckabee?!! Mike Huckabee and John Mccain, you have left a very bad taste in my mouth. I was one of Bush's most staunch supporters and before this election I never could have dreamed of registering as a democrat, but here I am. I'm putting an Obama sign in my front yard.

Dennis said...

See my blog post, "Why Mormons Should Consider Backing Obama."

http://denniswendt.blogspot.com/2008/02/why-mormons-should-back-obama.html

Brittan said...

I have always been an independent, but I am proud to know that there are other LDS people out there voting for Obama.
I am a proud Obama supporter and I hope many people in the church support Obama in the upcoming weeks.