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Does religion matter in a Presidential Election?

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas made some controversial remarks about why Mitt Romney should not be the next president of the United States.

"Mormonism is not Christianity, it has always been considered a cult."

Romney's religion has become the topic of lots conversation lately, as it did in his unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2008.

But Ken George, with the Beaufort County Republican party, doesn't think religion will matter to voters in next year's election.

"I don't believe it will have an impact at all on the primary voter, I don't think it will affect the voters of South Carolina."

Some of Romney's biggest opponents have made it very clear they are not getting into this debate.

Herman Cain told CNN's Candy Crowley, "If that's what it looks like, I'm dodging it, because it's not going to help us boost this economy, and you know that that's my number one priority."

However, another candidate with a Mormon background is speaking out a little bit louder.

Jon Huntsman said discussion of Mormonism doesn't expand the country's economic base, and called the discussion a "ridiculous side show in recent politics."

And ultimately, Ken George says he thinks the country has moved forward.

"Kennedy broke the religious barrier against Catholics, Obama broke the race barrier against Blacks, I don't think that those are issues that are on the table anymore."

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