Illinois

2:00am

Wed March 21, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Wins Illinois With Range Of Voters

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 8:23 am

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For once, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has met or even exceeded the expectations that were set for him. When he won the big Midwestern states of Michigan and Ohio, the margins were narrow enough and analysts were not impressed - given his huge advantage in money and organization. But in Illinois last night, even Romney's closest rival, Rick Santorum, did not come within 10 points.

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10:59pm

Tue March 20, 2012
It's All Politics

With His Big Win In Illinois, Romney Could Regain Nomination Mojo

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 10:30 am

Mitt Romney greets supporters during an Illinois GOP primary victory party in Schaumburg.
Scott Olson Getty Images

If only the rest of the nation were like Illinois, the past few months would have been much less stressful for Mitt Romney.

Illinois delivered a healing balm in the form of a resounding victory for the Republican presidential front-runner in Tuesday night's GOP primary, with Republicans there giving him about half of their votes.

It wasn't a surprise that Romney won. Polls in the run-up to primary day indicated he had a significant lead over his closest rival, Rick Santorum.

Still, the size of his win was impressive — about 12 percentage points.

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4:54pm

Tue March 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Illinois: Live Blog And Results

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:56 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann Romney, celebrate his victory in the Illinois GOP primary at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

With a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney is firmly in the driver's seat of the Republican presidential nomination contest.

In a victory speech in Schaumburg, Ill., the former Massachusetts governor thanked his Republican opponents, but very quickly pivoted to the general election against President Obama.

"It's time to say this word," said Romney. "Enough. We've had enough... We need a president who believes in us."

This Romney speech even sounded different. With Romney restating the big ideals of his campaign, it sounded like an acceptance speech.

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1:43pm

Tue March 20, 2012
It's All Politics

The Candidates On Tuesday: All Eyes On Illinois, But Campaigning Nationwide

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 2:18 pm

Jim Wilson of Buckingham, Va., who supports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, walks past a bus during a Romney campaign stop Monday in Springfield, Ill.
Steven Senne AP

As Illinois Republicans vote in their presidential primary, only one GOP candidate is expected to be in the state. Mitt Romney planned what he hopes to be a victory party Tuesday night in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg.

Newt Gingrich is campaigning in Louisiana, which votes on Saturday.

Ron Paul is in California, which doesn't vote until June.

And Rick Santorum is in Pennsylvania, his home state, which votes on April 24.

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2:00am

Tue March 20, 2012
Election 2012

Santorum Courts Rural Voters In Illinois

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Candidate Rick Santorum, for his part, was far outside Chicago yesterday, barnstorming through some of Illinois' smaller cities. Santorum is hoping that rural and more conservative voters will somehow push his campaign over the top, in a state where he trails in the polls and has again been vastly outspent by Mitt Romney.

NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

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