LDS Democrats leader Rob Taber has been campaigning for Latter-day Saints for the Democratic Party since 2012 when Mitt Romney, perhaps the world’s most famous member, was the Republican nominee.
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He said his job had gotten a lot easier in the past few years.
He understands how isolating it can be for members of the Church who do not support the Republican candidate, and he seeks to create a “home for the politically homeless” in the Biden campaign.
“We would like to say converts are welcome,” he said. “But visitors are welcome in this election.”
Although the current Supreme Court position could have the potential to bring more Latter-day Saints home to the Republican Party, Matt Miles, a political scientist at Brigham Young University in Idaho, said that if filled before the election, members would as expected the belief that was against Mr Trump would have less incentive to jump back into his camp.
“Voters don’t reward politicians for things they have done in the past, they vote for things that will happen in the future,” he said.
Kirk Adams, a Church member who served as chief of staff to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, and who was the former Speaker of the State House of Representatives, agreed that motivation would wane after Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation. But he said the Supreme Court nomination and the question of the Abortion Front and Abortion Center helped Republicans lead the race on more traditional conservative issues like abortion for the time being, rather than just backing Mr Trump.
Four years ago, Dan Barker, a retired appeals court judge and Republican, couldn’t bring himself to endorse Mr. Trump, who he felt was unable to provide the moral leadership he wanted from a president. For the same reason, he couldn’t support Mrs. Clinton. Instead, he wrote on his ballot in Mr. Romney.