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.

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.


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