On the road: Nevada and Utah, pre-election

I spent the week leading up to the Nov. 8 election in Las Vegas and southwest Utah, talking to voters and trying to understand some of the pieces involved in the political and identity struggle facing the nation. The three stories below examine religion’s influence in politics, both personal and national; individual and democratic empowerment at the polls; and a pre-election glimpse at what motivated Trump voters. 

All stories were published in The Christian Science Monitor website.

Why Utah, alone, is seriously considering a third choice (Nov. 2, 2016)

Mormons, perhaps more than any other religious group, have struggled to reconcile the values of their faith with the choices they face at the ballot box this year.

One of this election’s bright spots: early voting (Nov. 4, 2016)

In some states, two-thirds of voters have turned in their ballots. The surge suggests Americans particularly value their role in the electoral process when stakes are high.

Dump Trump? To many Republicans, it’s the height of betrayal. (Nov. 5, 2016)

Joe Heck, the Republican candidate for Senate in Nevada, withdrew his support of Donald Trump last month. Many Republicans say the move reeks of what is wrong with Washington.

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