Ted Cruz Is Running for President

"There are people who wonder if faith is real. I can tell you, in my family there's not a second of doubt, because were it not for the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would[n't] have been saved and I would have been raised by a single mom without my father in the household."

On Thursday, March 23, 2015 in Lynchburg, VA.

The Context: Ted Cruz opened his presidential campaign by declaring his excitement to be doing so at Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world. He proceeded by telling the stories of his parents' modest upbringings, including his father's youth and imprisonment in Cuba and later defection to the US. Cruz tells the story of alcohol abuse eventually leading to his father's decision to leave his family and the Baptist church eventually leading to his return.

Sources: C-Span, Washington Post

The Pew Research Center's recent US Religious Landscape Study shows a declining Christian population across the country. While religion will certainly be a popular theme among some candidates, we know so too will be the makeup of American households and families. Regardless of whether family structure results from religion, we asked

What do American families look like? How many single-parent households are in the US, and where are they concentrated?