SALT LAKE CITY -- Distant cousins Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman each have deep ties to their Mormon community and, they hope, its pocketbooks.
As Romney and Huntsman jostle for support, Mormons are watching two of their own compete in what could become a nasty, intra-faith contest between two scions of Mormon royalty. Both families are steeped in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Huntsman and Romney are planning trips to Utah in the coming days to pitch their White House bids and round up campaign dollars.
Yet neither should assume they have a lock on the traditionally conservative, 5 million-strong Mormon community in the United States. Theirs is the first Mormon-versus-Mormon contest for a presidential nomination and it puts two dynasties in competition for their faith's small bloc of votes yet sizeable clutch of campaign cash.