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4. Reid was a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints

Reid was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, making the late senator one of a small group of Mormons nationwide to identify with the Democratic Party.

Data from the Pew Research Center found that 70% of Mormons identify with the Republican Party compared to 19% who identify with the Democratic Party.

In a 2007 speech at the heavily Mormon Brigham Young University, Reid discussed the role his faith has played in the life of his family and addressed how his faith had informed his politics. “The Church has been a blessing to us and our five children,” he said. “All have attended BYU.”

“It is not uncommon for members of the church to ask how I can be a Mormon and a Democrat. … I say that my faith and political beliefs are deeply intertwined. I am a Democrat because I am a Mormon, not in spite of it.”

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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