Catholic virtue: Kaine connects in Rust Belt over religion (Daily Press)

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Tim Kaine’s frequent reference to his Catholic faith could prove important, University of Mary Washington political scientist Stephen Farnsworth said.

“For a long time Republicans have tried to claim that they were the religious party,” Farnsworth said. “An aggressive argument by Kaine to counter that can only help the Democrats.”

“Catholics are one of the key swing groups in American politics,” Farnsworth said.

They’re a key demographic in important swing states, too, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan, Farnsworth said. The Clinton campaign has focused early on Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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