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Presidential faith: religions of the candidates(14 images)

The 2016 Presidential candidates are not only politically diverse, but also come from a wide range of religious backgrounds that will no doubt influence their policymaking and voter base.

Hillary Clinton: Methodist
Former secretary of state, senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton grew up in the United Methodist Church and claims to pray and study the Bible frequently, citing her youth minister as a mentor responsible for shaping her early political development. Pictured: Clinton makes remarks, highlighted by gun violence, during a campaign stop, January 12, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
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Bernie Sanders: Jewish
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders grew up within a Jewish family, and while he has said he is proud to be Jewish, he is not "particularly religious" or involved in organized religion. After college, Sanders spent time on a kibbutz (community) in Israel. His father's family emigrated from Poland, where many of his relatives were killed in the Holocaust. Pictured: Sanders makes remarks during the Iowa Brown & Black Forum, January 11, 2016 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
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Martin O'Malley: Catholic
Former governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, was brought up Catholic, attending a Catholic elementary school, a Jesuit high school, and studying at the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. Though he holds some views contrary to the Catholic Church, he has said that his religious education was fundamental in forming his passion for politics, and continues to send his children to Catholic schools. Pictured: O'Malley makes remarks during the Iowa Brown & Black Forum, January 11, 2016, at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
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Jeb Bush: Catholic
While former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was brought up within the Episcopal Church, he converted to Catholicism after marrying his wife, Columba. In 2004, Bush became a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization. Pictured: Bush speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Candidates Forum at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC, December 3, 2015. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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