How much will Mitt Romney's Mormon faith hurt him among GOP primary voters? That could depend on what happens in Florida.
CBN's David Brody says if Romney can pile up some early wins, his faith probably won't matter.
There is an undeniable reality to all of this and it lies in the numbers. There a certain segment of evangelicals who simply won’t vote for a Mormon. To make matters worse, many of these folks live in Iowa and South Carolina, which puts Romney at a severe disadvantage.
It’s not easy to win the nomination when you spot evangelical candidates a lead in the race for a pool of voters. So there’s always going to be work to be done in Romney’s camp.
The way The Brody File sees it, Florida is absolutely critical to Romney’s chances. If he can win New Hampshire, Nevada, and then Florida, the party will begin to galvanize around him and it will begin to feel like the train is leaving the station.
Then when Super Tuesday comes (read: lots of southern states), his Mormonism probably won’t hurt him as much because he will be seen as the eventual nominee. It will be seen mostly as an afterthought.
On the other hand, if one of the other candidates wins Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida, then Romney’s in trouble heading into the deep South where his Mormonism will become more of an issue.