Evangelical leader says Romney’s faith ‘could make the difference’ in tight race in S.C.

GILBERT, S. C. — Lois Buffington shook her head when she talked about the evangelical Christians she knows who won’t vote for Mitt Romney in Saturday’s presidential primary here because he’s a Mormon.

“That angers me, and I am a Southern Baptist from day one and will always be,” said Buffington, a retired business owner from nearby Lexington who stood outside in the rain Friday to hear Romney speak on the final full day of campaigning before Saturday’s primary vote.

“Mr. Romney is a Mormon because that’s his belief and his choice. That’s what America was built on, freedom of choice,” she said. “If the rest of us had the morals the Mormon people have, we wouldn’t have any problems.”

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