After reading this story, I began to wonder what the 2012 campaign will be like if Romney and Huntman are both running. If both run, as seems likely, it will be the first time that two members of the Church will be in the race for president with a realistic chance to win. UPDATE: Here’s an interersting graphic.
It seems like the GOP nomination is Romney’s to lose. He’s been laying the groundwork since 2008, while denying that he’s running. Huntsman is just starting the race and seems as though he would be well behind, but he also does not have the same negatives that could continue to dog Romney. Even if he can’t beat Romney, this may be Huntsman’s year to run a close race and set himself up for 2016 or a place at the table in a Romney administration, if Romney were to prevail against the eventual Democratic nominee.
There are others, obviously, who could enter the race and win the nomination, but at this point, it seems very possible that the Republican nominee will be Mormon. At the very least, a race between thse two candidates will generate a lot of interesting discussion, both about the Church and about them personally. What are your thoughts? Do you think the country is ready for a Mormon president? Do you think it’s even possible? What about just winning the Republican nomination? Can a Mormon accomplish that goal with the evangelical vote being so critical?