Fifty-two years after John F. Kennedy broke a barrier by becoming the first non-protestant president, Mitt Romney's Mormonism is proving to be a thorny issue, in part, because we don't know how to talk about it, honestly, thoughtfully and respectfully.
Discussion of religion in politics has long been dominated by demagogues – Mitt Romney's deeply held faith is no exception.
OutFront tonight: Buzz feed political reporter Mckay Coppins. He's been covering the Romney campaign from a unique perspective. He is also mormon.
Mormon influence in Nevada fading, but still a factor
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."