Why Romney will dominate AmSam GOP Caucus

In Mitt Romney's methodical quest to pick up delegates from all corners of the Republican map, the South Pacific island of American Samoa, whose Republicans gather to caucus votes next Tuesday, could be an obscure gold mine for him.

That's because the U.S. territory — which carries nine primary delegates despite not having a vote in Congress — is more than 25 percent Mormon.

In fact, there are more Latter-Day Saints per capita in American Samoa than almost any other country or territory in the world, according to statistics published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

It may be a little-known piece of trivia outside the Church, but it seems clear the Romney campaign has connected the dots. At a strategy briefing earlier this week in Boston, an aide specifically cited the South Pacific as a place where they expected their candidate to perform well.


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