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Romney routs Santorum in GOP primary in Illinois

March 21, 2012

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— Mitt Romney took a major stride toward the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, routing Rick Santorum in the Illinois primary for his third big-state win in a row and padding his already-formidable lead in the race for convention delegates.

“What a night,” Romney exulted to cheering supporters in suburban Chicago. Looking beyond his GOP rivals, he said he had a simple message for President Barack Obama, the man Republicans hope to defeat next fall: “Enough. We’ve had enough.”

Returns from 75 percent of Illinois’ precincts showed Romney gaining 47 percent of the vote compared to 35 percent for Santorum, 9 percent for Ron Paul and 8 percent for a fading Newt Gingrich.

That was a far more substantial showing for Romney than the grudging victories he eked out in the previous few weeks in Michigan and Ohio, primaries that did as much to raise questions about his ability to attract Republican support as to quell those questions.

Santorum, who hopes to rebound in next Saturday’s Louisiana primary, sounded like anything but a defeated contender as he spoke to supporters in Gettysburg, Pa. He said he had outpolled Romney in downstate Illinois and the areas “that conservatives and Republicans populate. We’re very happy about that, and we’re happy about the delegates we’re going to get, too.”

“Saddle up, like (Ronald) Reagan did in the cowboy movies,” he urged his backers.

Romney triumphed in Illinois after benefitting from a crushing, 7-1 advantage in the television advertising wars, and as his chief rival struggled to overcome self-imposed political wounds in the marathon race to pick an opponent to Obama.

Most recently, Santorum backpedaled after saying on Monday that the economy wasn’t the main issue of the campaign. “Occasionally you say some things where you wish you had a do-over,” he said later.

Initial results showed Romney’s victory was worth at least 22 delegates in Illinois.

That gave him 544 in the overall count, out of 1,144 needed to win the nomination. Santorum has 253 delegates, Gingrich 135 and Paul 50.

Comments

clarkk 4 years, 5 months ago

It's sad that he won in Illinois. Or any other state.

jhawkinsf 4 years, 5 months ago

My money is still on Obama. In a year when the incumbent president is very beatable, the Republicans put up the weakest field possible. I doubt Romney could win the governor's race in Mass. if it were held today.

jonas_opines 4 years, 5 months ago

This year has just seemed so much like the partisan mirror to 2004 that I oscillate between finding it extremely funny and horrifically depressing.

Paul R Getto 4 years, 5 months ago

If one party or the other can figure out how to cook the computer 'books' like they did in Ohio in 2004, your predictions just may come true.

jhawkinsf 4 years, 5 months ago

Gotta wonder why if "they" did it in 2004, why didn't they do it again in 2008?
Of course, maybe, perhaps, that 2004 thing didn't really happen. If it had, one might assume a court case would have followed, charges brought, convictions, time spent in jail, that sort of thing.

Paul R Getto 4 years, 5 months ago

Good points. From what I hear and read, there are still 300+ FOIA requests in Ohio to see what may have happened to the machines and the software. People are 'having trouble' finding the information, if it exists. 04 was pretty close. In 08 McCain didn't do as well as Bush and it wasn't worth the effort. Without Ohio's electoral votes, the strange one from the east would have been elected. There were other states in play too. http://www.tompaine.com/articles/the_perfect_election_day_crime.php http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/12-mysterious-death-of-mike-connell%e2%80%94karl-roves-election-thief/ https://epic.org/privacy/voting/foia/default.html "Kerry currently has 252 electoral votes and needs 272 to be elected. The only states where those 20 votes are available are states where the official exit polls show a Kerry win but Bush is currently leading in the vote counts. These states with their electoral votes are Florida 27, Ohio 20, Iowa 7, New Mexico 5, and Nevada 5. Contesting Iowa, New Mexico, and Nevada would give Kerry only 17 electoral votes. The deadline for requesting a recount in Iowa has passed. Kerry’s only options are Ohio and Florida. He must win one of these two states. The Berkeley study sited below concludes that as many as 260,000 votes may have been changed by e-voting DRE machines. If true, these votes are probably lost forever and Florida is completely out of reach. The results of likely court challenges in Florida are completely unknown." http://www.mutanteggplant.com/ElectionGuide.htm

jhawkinsf 4 years, 5 months ago

That's a mighty big "if" you're throwing around. Again, one must wonder why more hasn't been made of this. What was Kerry's reaction to having the presidency stolen from him? I guess I'm "old school" enough to figure that in the absence of clear evidence, the obvious, most logical explanation is probably the correct explanation. I'll leave the conspiracy theories to others.

Paul R Getto 4 years, 5 months ago

You could be right and, as in all cases, Occam's razor prevails in all theories, left and right. I am not particularly paranoid, but do wish we'd dump the computer machines and go back to paper ballots until the questions about software, hacking from a remote location and general integrity of the new system are proven. So far, this hasn't happened. We are pushed into this system by tv anchors who want to call the race 30 minutes after the polls close. Who cares? Take a while and actually get it right, and have a system that can be audited. Now, he who owns the software owns the results.

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