If there are two populations that the Republican Party knows how to mobilize, it's white people and Southerners.
But a recent Reuters article has found that some white voters in Virginia have concerns over Mitt Romney's wealth and religion. These concerns may prove especially important as the typically red state has emerged as one of the election's most important swing states.
Putting a voice to these polls is voter Sheryl Harris, speaking with The Takeaway from her home in Lynchburg, Virginia. As the heart of the Evangelical movement, one might assume that Lynchburg is a safe bet for the GOP. But Harris says you'd be surprised. "I don't see how somebody that's worth $250 million could possibly relate to someone who makes less than $30,000 a year."
Margot Roosevelt, a reporter for Reuters who spoke to Harris and many other voters in the Bible belt for her article, confirms this: "We found in our poll that 38 percent of white median and low-income voters in the Bible belt say that they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who is very wealthy."
In addition to concerns about Romney's wealth, Harris also says that many members of her community are uncomfortable with his foreign policy, and even more importantly, his religion. Roosevelt agrees with this perception as well, saying that in spite of Romney's opposition to same-sex marriage, many Evangelicals are still very put off my Romney's Mormonism. "Many Evangelicals have a long history of seeing Mormonism as a cult. In fact, many Evangelicals that I spoke to seem to think that Mormonism is still a polygamous religion."
In spite of these doubts, Roosevelt still thinks that this area will go Republican. But perhaps "not as enthusiastically as Mitt Romney needs."