LDS political candidates in WY claim religion plays no role in election

Six years ago, Bruce Asay, a Mormon, ran for the U.S. House of Representatives on the Republican ticket.

Asay had a higher-than-average profile as a Mormon because he was a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake presidents.

He said recently he never encountered any hostility during the campaign because of his religion. Asay lost the primary election to incumbent Barbara Cubin, but not because he was a Mormon, political observers concluded.

In Wyoming, members of the LDS church make up nearly 10 percent of the population of about 550,000. It is the state’s third-largest religious denomination after Protestants and Catholics.

This year, another Mormon, Ron Micheli, is in the political spotlight as one of four Republicans running for governor.

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