From NBC/NJ's Erin McPike
SALT LAKE CITY -- Just four days before the potentially fate-determining Super Tuesday, the eager national press at long last got to catch a glimpse of Mitt Romney in his religious element.
He's working his way East after beginning his post-Florida to Feb. 5 swing in California on Wednesday, but he backtracked and flew West to Salt Lake City from Denver after a rally there last night in order to attend the funeral services of Mormon President Gordon B. Hinckley this morning.
Of course, the presidential hopeful kept himself at bay so as not to distract from the sobriety of the event. And in a room that seats 21,000, his second-row seat was not easy to spot save for a cautious TV camera. However, he was seated near fellow politically active Mormons in Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada, Bob Bennett, and Orrin Hatch of Utah; Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Health; and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. Leavitt was recognized at the beginning of the service for "representing President Bush," who, together with first Lady Laura Bush, sent condolences to the church this week.