Fifty-four percent of Catholics voted for Obama, to 45 percent for GOP nominee John McCain, according to surveys of voters as they left their polling places. Catholics made up 27 percent of the U.S. electorate.
Pennsylvania was an anomaly, with McCain carrying Catholics 52 percent to 48 percent. A third of the state’s voters were Catholic, according to the exit polls.
In Pennsylvania, McCain did particularly well in the southwestern counties near Pittsburgh, places with high concentrations of Catholics who tend to register as Democrats but often vote Republican because of social issues such as abortion, pollster G. Terry Madonna said.
Populous Westmoreland County went for McCain, 58 percent to 41 percent, for instance, despite a 49,000-voter edge for the Democrats in registration.
I am continually baffled that any pro-abortion candidate, let alone one who full out argued in favor of infanticide, would get any significant portion of the Catholic vote. The church they claim to share a faith with believes that the unborn are people. Either you believe in the church’s teachings or you don’t, but if you do isn’t killing kind of a deal-breaker? And if you don’t, why do you belong?
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