Today’s South Carolina primary race may come down to Mormon Mitt Romney and Catholic Newt Gingrich running neck and neck — in a state where many evangelicals have been known to call each of their religions “cults.”

But religion may not be a factor here or at the ballot boxes in November, whether the faith was founded 2,000 years ago or in 1830. That’s when Joseph Smith, considered a prophet by Mormons, founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A national survey from LifeWay Research, a Nashville-based Christian research agency, finds a candidate’s religious life is not a major motivating factor for five in six voters. According to a survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted last fall, LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer says:

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