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November 1st, 2012
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Getting religion in Iowa: Courting Evangelical and Catholic voting blocs in a battleground state

The 2012 presidential election is only five days away. There is no rest for the candidates as they race to win critical votes in the battleground states. Iowa is one of the final battlegrounds. President Obama and Mitt Romney are both aiming to sway “religious voters” in the Hawkeye State. CNN’s Poppy Harlow takes a closer look at this key voting bloc in Waterloo, Iowa.

Harlow visits what voters tell her is a “purple state this year” and speaks to pious Evangelicals and Catholics on issues they care about and who they feel aligns best with their beliefs. For the most part, they are torn and feel there is no clear choice.

"It's not been an easy choice to make either way," Evangelical voter Mwasi Mwamba says. Yet Mwamba says, “If anything it's probably gonna end up being Mitt Romney.”

While Iowa's Evangelical voters seem to be moving into Romney's camp, Harlow says, in traditionally Democratic Dubuque, Catholic voters she talked to are split over issues like abortion, funding for contraception, and the government's role in helping the poor.

"The life issues which most Catholics hold dear and central to their faith, but then there's this belief that remains that the Democratic Party somehow cares for the poor better,” Catholic voter Dawn Markham says. “I think it somehow comes down to that tension."

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