The top leadership posts within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are largely occupied by registered Republicans, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday.
Public records obtained by the Tribune indicate that 11 of the church's 15 apostles are members of the Republican Party. That includes the church's president, Thomas S. Monson. The other four apostles are not affiliated with any political party. All 15 voted in last month's general election, while none participated in this year's Democratic primary election.
Mitt Romney became the first Mormon to earn the top spot on a major party's presidential ticket this year. An exit poll from Pew Research Center indicated that Romney won 78 percent of the Mormon vote in 2012, which was actually slightly smaller than the share picked up by former President George W. Bush in 2004.