Such a lack of enthusiasm among voters who belong to the LDS Church could very well tip the scale in Biden’s favor in Arizona, where there are 400,000 Mormons and where Trump won in 2016 by just 91,000 votes.
Among those hoping for such an outcome is Dan Barker, a 67-year-old retired judge and lifelong Republican who, along with his spouse, founded Arizona Republicans for Biden.
“As a Christian, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we think you should treat people with respect,” Barker told AFP in explaining his aversion to Trump.
He said he was supporting Biden because the 77-year-old former vice president reflected Mormon values much more than the 74-year-old Trump.
“He’s a person of faith himself and, compared to Trump, is a stronger role model for young people and adults alike,” Barker said, adding that even Trump’s policies on abortion could not change his mind.