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From CNN's Carol Costello:
According to a new CNN/ORC poll, Rick Perry is now leading the pack of Republican presidential contenders. The man trailing Perry: Mitt Romney.
Perry is a Christian who is vocal about his religious beliefs and Romney is a Mormon. Perry's beliefs resonate loudly with conservative Christians, a large voting block in the Republican primaries, while Romney's do not.
As outgoing New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller put it recently, "Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman and Mormons, a faith that many conservative Christians have been taught is a 'cult' and that many others think is just weird." Keller's magazine article also questioned how religion might influence Perry's presidency and that of the other GOP candidates.
Our Talk Back question of the day: Should a candidate's religion matter?