Would a Romney defeat crush Mormon supporters?

Some Mormons have fasted and prayed for Mitt Romney. Others have donated piles of cash. And busloads have traveled to Nevada and Colorado to campaign for the Republican presidential nominee or spent hours calling potential voters.

So what happens if Romney — the first Mormon heading a major-party ticket and the faith’s best shot at the White House so far — loses the Nov. 6 election?

"In some ways, it’s just as simple as having your culture, your faith voted on," says Joanna Brooks, an LDS author. "Especially for Mormons in the American West, Mitt Romney presents the most prominent mainstream face of Mormon culture."

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