Victory for Mitt Romney in Illinois Republican primary

Republican Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory over top rival Rick Santorum in Illinois on Tuesday. With this victory he moved one step closer to be nominated as the Republican presidential candidate.

Romney told cheering supporters in Schaumburg, Illinois, that elections are about choices, and hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois have joined millions across the country to join their cause. He said he had the vision and experience to get the nation out of the crisis it is in now.

Of the 62 percent votes counted, Romney had 47 percent, Santorum; a former U.S. senator had 35 percent, with Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich lagging in third and place fourth place respectively. The diverse electorate in Illinois paid off for Romney, who has been unable to translate his substantial financial and organizational advantages into broad support in many states. Though many conservatives were not convinced, Romney has more than twice as many delegates to the nominating convention as Santorum, and Romney’s campaign has argued that his rivals cannot catch him in the contest to pick a challenger to Obama in the Nov. 6 election.

Rocky Road Ahead for Gingrich as Romney and Santorum March Ahead

The day after the Republican Primary Contests in Alabama and Mississippi in which Newt Gingrich finished second, the calls for him to step down only grew louder. He is still sticking to his guns and not budging, he says he will continue to be part of the contest.

In spite of him campaigning with all vigour and passion in Illinois, where the primary will unfold on Tuesday, Republicans have resigned to the fact that from now on this will be a two horse race between Romney and Santorum.

As it has been insisted over and over again, supporters of Rick Santorum believe that if Gingrich steps down from the race, it will help put all conservative votes behind one leader, who can take on Romney. In spite of Gingrich having only a vote share of 10 to 15 percent, people firmly believe the whole vote share would add to Santorum’s conservative vote bank. Having said that, it is still unclear if Gingrich supporters would back Santorum in the event of Gingrich stepping down. The man who is smiling at the moment is Mitt Romney, his lead at the top keeps growing while his conservative rivals sweat it out.


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