Romney’s faith adds an extra obstacle in South

Anti-Mormon views stronger in the region

JACKSON, Miss. - As one of 20,000 Mormons living in a state dominated by evangelical Christians, Van J. Bodin’s own life experience tells him what Mitt Romney is up against in the South.

“People don’t understand us,’’ said Bodin, purchasing manager at a lumber company in central Mississippi. “The South is the Bible Belt, and that’s how it is. There are not that many people open to listening and gaining more knowledge.’’

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