Mormonism an issue in political races in Nevada and Idaho

Mormonism and politics have merged in two Western campaigns this month, providing a glimpse of the renewed scrutiny Mitt Romney could face in a 2012 presidential run.

In the Nevada Senate race, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faced allegations from his Republican opponent’s pastor that he is a member of a cult. Reid is a Mormon convert.

In the Idaho governor’s race, Republicans accused LDS Democrat Keith Allred of pandering to Mormons to wrest the governor’s office from incumbent C.L. “Butch” Otter. About a third of Idaho’s population is Mormon, and candidates’ success could hinge on how well they court the LDS vote.

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