Romney and Santorum to battle in Illinois

Illinois is the best chance Romney has to fend off his rival Santorum. Though a poll last week gave Romney a lead over Santorum, this might more difficult that he thinks. The poll just gave Romney a narrow lead of 35 percent to Santorum’s 31 percent. Both men have been adding last minute campaign events. Romney is said to be pumping more money in to his campaign in addition to sending an ally, Chris Christie to spread a good word for him.

Senior Republicans aren’t too happy about the speed with which Romney is putting Santorum away as August is fast approaching. In late August, Republicans will gather in Tampa, Florida to choose their presidential candidate.  All Romney had to say on the topic was “Look, we’re not going to go to a brokered convention. One or the other of us among the three or four that are running is going to get the delegates necessary to become the nominee.”

The Republicans are battling to get the 1,144 delegates needed for the party’s presidential nomination in the 2012 election. Romney is keen on adding as many delegates as he can and there are 69 delegates at stake in Illinois.  While Romney has 498 delegates from all over the nation, his fellow republicans aren’t doing as well as him. According to some reports, Santorum has managed 239 so far while Gingrich reported a 139 and Ron Paul has 69.

Republicans are not too convinced with just the numbers. Many feel that Romney has to win state-by-state campaign to be worthy enough to represent their party in the coming election. Romney must pay more heed to the outcome Illinois as there are two ways the Republicans might go. If he wins, he would undoubtedly become the front-running candidate. But if he doesn’t, he might not have all the enthusiasm from the Republicans for the election in November.

His election budget has nothing to worry as his supporters are pouring in money for his campaigns. He is said to be spending a considerable amount on Illinois alone. But, Illinois is the home state of President Obama. People say that in the November election, Illinois might vote for the Democratic president over the Republican.

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