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Forget evangelicals — when it comes to religion & politics, no religious group is more solidly Republican than Mormons.

In 1960s, only about a third of Mormons identified themselves as Republican.

In 2012, nearly 90 percent of Mormon voters in Utah voted for Mitt Romney.

Here are my five takeaways from this book, five ways that Mormons are a “peculiar people” in American politics.

When the Republican Party drafted its first party platform in 1856, it included a resolution calling on Congress “to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism — Polygamy, and Slavery.” That’s right.

Slavery wasn’t the only great evil to be eradicated.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) remains enigmatic to most Americans. To be fair, not many who watch religion and politics closely know a lot of about Mormons in politics. Political scientists David Campbell (Notre Dame), John Green (Akron), and Quin Monson (BYU) have a new book on Mormons in American politics.is comprehensive look at Mormon politics that gives us a picture of how the typical LDS member thinks about politics.The Utah Constitution included a clause outlawing the practice: “polygamous or plural marriages are forever prohibited.” Mormons’ partisanship after statehood could be described as bipartisan.It was not until the 1970s that Mormons moved solidly into the Republican camp.During the Republican dominance of national politics after the Civil War, Mormons were virtually kept out of national politics.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) remains enigmatic to most Americans. To be fair, not many who watch religion and politics closely know a lot of about Mormons in politics. Political scientists David Campbell (Notre Dame), John Green (Akron), and Quin Monson (BYU) have a new book on Mormons in American politics.

is comprehensive look at Mormon politics that gives us a picture of how the typical LDS member thinks about politics.

The Utah Constitution included a clause outlawing the practice: “polygamous or plural marriages are forever prohibited.” Mormons’ partisanship after statehood could be described as bipartisan.

It was not until the 1970s that Mormons moved solidly into the Republican camp.

During the Republican dominance of national politics after the Civil War, Mormons were virtually kept out of national politics.

It was only after the LDS changed its position on polygamy that Utah was granted statehood.

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