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Mormons cool to Trump are finding new influence in Arizona

Election 2020 Latter Day Saints
Election 2020 Latter Day Saints
Posted at 10:41 AM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 13:41:43-04

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are deeply uncomfortable with President Donald Trump's penchant for foul language, his tendency to pick on his enemies and his isolationist foreign policy.

That could make a difference in Arizona, a potentially pivotal state in the 2020 election and home to a sizable population of church members.

Looking to shore up support, the Trump campaign this past week sent Vice President Mike Pence to launch the Latter-day Saints for Trump Coalition.

Members of the faith as a group are overwhelmingly conservative and many remain loyal to Trump.

But defections could matter in a close election.