As voters scrutinize Newt Gingrich they are examining the faith of a man who has like many others, had his ups and downs. A convert to Catholicism, Gingrich’s views have wide appeal to Catholics, and as he articulates his beliefs, many are taking a new found interest in him.

Religion is playing an increasingly important role in political elections, and the public is scrutinizing the religious beliefs of candidates. This year’s Republican crop is diverse with Mormons, evangelicals, and Catholics running against one another.

While some members of each religious group have a tendency to vote for their own, the political realities of the primary race are starting to influence voters away from candidates they previously preferred.

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