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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Much of the Republican Party is still in shock after last week's defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by a relative unknown.

The fact that Cantor is the only Jewish member of Congress in the GOP got Bill Maher talking on his HBO show "Real Time" recently.

"There are 278 Republicans in Congress," said Maher. "They are now all Christian and all white except for one black senator who was appointed. So this is an entirely Christian, white party."

PunditFact looked into Maher's claim and found that the truth about religion and race might be tough to nail down.

"The majority of Republicans in Congress -- in both the House and the Senate -- are either Protestant or Catholic," said Katie Sanders of PunditFact. "But there are a dozen or so members who identify as Mormon."

Here's where there's a problem with Maher's statement: Some Christians do not recognize Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) as Christians although Mormons consider themselves Christians.

The fact that Cantor is the only Jewish member of Congress in the GOP got Bill Maher talking on his HBO show "Real Time" recently.

And race can be another tricky subject -- especially for the Hispanic members of Congress.

"There are about 10 members in Congress who identify as Hispanic or Latino. Some of the big names that come to mind are Senators Marco Rubio (from Florida) and Ted Cruz of Texas," said Sanders. "They identify as Hispanic or Latino according to the Congressional Research Service. Whatever they consider their race to be -- because Hispanic is not a race that's recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau -- is another matter."

In addition, there are two GOP members of Congress that identify as American Indian which is classified as a race by the Census Bureau.

Because Maher said Congress is "now all Christian and all white," PunditFact ruled his claim HALF TRUE.

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