Barack Obama's poor primary showings with Catholic voters could become more problematic in Catholic-heavy states like Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, Politico reports. Despite Obama's string of victories, Hillary Clinton has consistently grabbed a large percentage of Catholics, in part due to her popularity with majority-Catholic Hispanics. Analysts and Catholic politicians agree there's no singular reason that explains the coolness to Obama.
Team Obama denies a “Catholic gap”—and if he seals the deal in Texas and Ohio March 4 it may not matter. But Rhode island, which also votes that day, is by far the most Catholic state in the nation. And on April 22 in Pennsylvania, where Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have influential Catholic populations, Obama might also consider a little prayer.