A visit this weekend to the Rev. Pat Robertson’s school illustrates the challenge for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as he courts the all-important evangelical vote.

The former Massachusetts governor is to give the commencement address Saturday at Robertson’s Regent University in Virginia, a golden opportunity to reach core GOP voters.

Yet the many people who seek spiritual guidance from Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network and its Web site will find Romney’s Mormon faith listed as a cult.

The candidate and his Christian supporters have been working hard to overcome evangelical antipathy toward the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose 19th-century founder, Joseph Smith, said he revised parts of the Bible to correct it.

On Christian radio, in face-to-face meetings and on evangelicalsformitt.org, Romney’s team is making the pitch that while he doesn’t share their theology, he does share their values.

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