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(KSL News) After a stop in Salt Lake City, presidential candidate Mitt Romney is headed to St. George today for another fundraiser.
Some 500 Utahns contributed as much as $2,300 each to attend last night's fundraiser. During his visit, he answered questions about his membership in the LDS Church.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney stopped in St. George today to raise money for his campaign. He attended a breakfast at the Dixie Center.
Romney said Utah was important to his campaign and would be in the "top 10" states for fundraising.
Mitt Romney (R), Presidential Candidate: "We're off to a great start and I expect that we're going to be entirely competitive financially with any other campaign for President of the United States."
One of his supporters, Senator Orrin Hatch, says that membership must be handled carefully in the national spotlight.
Senator Orrin Hatch: "There's a significant number of people who won't vote for a Mormon for president. That's because they don't understand the faith. They don't understand what we are all about. But the more they get to know it and the more they get to know Mitt Romney and what a fine person he is, I think his religion will become a great asset in the end."
An exclusive Survey USA Poll echoes that opinion. Eighty-two percent polled say most Americans do not understand the LDS faith. And more than half say his membership in the LDS Church will hurt his chances. Only 15 percent say it will help.
Romney will leave Utah following the St. George fundraising event today.
Meanwhile, Romney will start airing his first presidential campaign ads today. It's the first ad by a leading contender to hit the airwaves.
He plans to run the spot in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan and Florida. Right now polls show Romney's behind Republicans John McCain and Rudolph Giuliani.