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Can a true Mormon vote for Obama?

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Even before the results of the presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney has already made history as the first Mormon nominated by a major party.

While polls show an overwhelming number of Mormons plan to vote for him, there is such a group as "Mormons for Obama."

According to a recent survey, three out of four Mormons identify themselves as Republican or leaning Republican and even more plan on voting for Mitt Romney this presidential election.

But there are members of the LDS faithful who support the president's bid for re-election.

Can a faithful Mormon be a Democrat? We wanted to find out.

Mitt Romney's run for the White House could be a "Mormon moment" -- a way for the faithful to step out on the national stage. And many believe the Latter-Day Saints faithful will support the former Massachusetts governor by default -- most will, but not all.

"Growing up I kind of thought being a Democrat was against church, you know... not really true Mormons," says Heidi McArthur, Obama supporter.

We found some outspoken Mormons don't fit that mold.

"I would never vote for someone based on their religion, absolutely not," says Jill Henrichsen, Mormon Democrat.

"If you don't believe in someone politically, what their ideologies are or what their platform is, that's why you vote for someone and there are some things that trouble me about Romney. Not as a person but as a political candidate."

The fact is, only a few of the fifteen or so Mormons serving in congress are Democrats. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is an active Mormon.

And Larry Echo Hawk, a newly tapped general authority in the church leadership in Salt Lake, is a former Democratic governor. He even served in the Obama administration.

"I do like the philosophy more from President Obama. I think despite the roadblocks and obstructionism by congress, he's still done a pretty good job," says Deryl Lamb, Mormon Democrat.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid says because he is a Mormon that's what makes him a democrat. Our voters said the same thing.

"There's so much hate and anger on the other side that I feel like I can't relate to that," says McArthur.

So can a good Mormon be a good Democrat, too?

"For a church that tries to teach the gospel to others, of course all these people are going to come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs and there absolutely has to be room for that, and more tolerance," says Henrichsen.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted an extensive political neutrality statement on their website -- they do not support political parties or candidates -- but the voters we talked to today told us the church encourages members to study the issues and vote their conscience.

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