This primary election, color the faith-based voter in shades of indecision.
Whether they vote in the Democratic or Republican primary come Super Tuesday in San Diego and across California, those who factor in their religious values when they choose a candidate appear to be finding no clear front-runners.
Will local faith-based Democrats go for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama or New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, both Protestants? Will local Republicans get behind Arizona Sen. John McCain, another Protestant; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon; or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor?
“It's so wide-open – and it's really fun,” said Linda Beail, a political science professor at Point Loma Nazarene University. “It's great that a campaign matters and that voters are deciding for themselves.” . . .
Edgar Hopida, a local Muslim activist, isn't willing to make a prediction about whom Islamic voters will support. Many have migrated from Republican to Democrat over what they consider is the targeting of their faith in the war on terrorism.
But Hopida, spokesman for the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said there isn't a consensus candidate in the Democratic primary. “From what I gauge from the community, they are very split,” he said.