The Mormon ward where the Romneys would be expected to worship if he is elected president is known in the area for its unusual demographics and high-energy warmth. Up to half the congregation is nonwhite, including a large, Spanish-speaking population and converts from French-speaking Africa. It includes openly gay leaders, not typical for a socially conservative faith. There are also many converts and missionaries.
AlthoughÂ the vast majority of Mormons lean Republican, most Washingtonians lean Democrat, and the D.C. Third Ward is no exception. Congregants describe rolling their eyes when Mormon tourists who drop in for services rave about the possibility of the GOP retaking of the White House. People share jokes about the first Mormon president â€” a converted Barack Obama.