“Raving moonbat Mormon hater.”
Listen, FRiend, my best friend is a Mormon, so shut your piehole about so-called Mormon hating.
I didn’t say Mormonism is why Romney is winning. I’m simply saying he is getting delegates he should not have gotten in Idaho and Nevada, and will get them in Utah. It’s practically undeniable that many Mormons are voting for Romney because he is a Mormon. How else can you explain a fairly conservative voting bloc breaking for the moderate?
And the blacks vote for the black.
Maybe I should vote for the conservative Catholic.
Further, I have the utmost respect for Mormons. If their most vocal critics exhibited even something close to their generally conservative voting behavior, this country would be in nowhere near the deep sh*t that we are.
I'm also aware that it is quite normal for voting to be influenced at least somewhat by group identification. Even more so if the particular group feels it is under constant attack from the mainstream. Catholics, for instance, were once a very loyal Democrat constituency for exactly that reason. Not so any more, because they no longer feel threatened. Jews are still a very loyal Democrat constituency, though that is changing, because the Democrat party is growing increasingly antisemitic.
If you look at exit polling in the states which have voted so far, Romney is still getting self-identified conservative voters in states where the Mormon population is negligible. So the answer to your question is that, of course, some of this support is identity politics, but some of it is also perception that his actual record of governance in Massachusetts is an anomaly because he was representing a very liberal constituency and he will govern far more conservatively as a president. Whether or not that is true is certainly a fair topic of debate. But it would be foolish to discount that said perception exists. (Anne Coulter is Exhibit A).
Feel better now?