U.S. Elections: Romney won primaries in Illinois widely
Linkedin

U.S. Elections: Romney won primaries in Illinois widely

Chicago : IL : USA | Mar 21, 2012 at 12:23 AM PDT
XX XX
Views: Pending
 
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley - Romney seeks decisive win in Illinois

Mitt Romney won on Tuesday by a wide margin the Republican primary in Illinois.

Romney, a multimillionaire who has the backing of most influential Republicans, but has difficulty winning the support of right-wing party, has a wide lead over his main rival Rick Santorum in delegates to elect the candidate who will face President Barack Obama in the November elections.

A defeat in Illinois would have caused further doubt on Romney's ability to rally the party base.

Santorum, a Catholic supported by the religious right, almost no chance of reaching Romney on delegates.

The first exit poll survey in Illinois showed that Romney was the favorite of those seeking a candidate capable of beating Obama, and for those who fear for the state of the economy and the fiscal deficit.

Santorum has the support of those seeking a real right-wing candidate and a man of strong moral character, and those who base their choice on the religious aspect, but these are rare in Illinois voters.

Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, had 522 delegates before the Illinois primary, according to Associated Press count. Santorum was 252, 136 and Newt Gingrich Ron Paul 50.

Delegates are allocated by elections or caucuses in each state and a candidate needs 1,144 delegates to at least make the nomination.

Neither Gingrich nor Paul made a lot of campaigning in Illinois. But Romney's inability to get rid of a rival apparently weak Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania who until recent months had few followers in the country, highlights the difficulties of his candidacy, which has aroused the enthusiasm of Republican electorate. It also forces you to invest time and enormous resources in the primaries instead of concentrating on defeating Obama.

In Illinois, Romney had an advantage in the competition for delegates to the Republican National Convention in August thanks to the greater organization.

Santorum could not aspire to 10 of the 54 delegates at stake because his campaign did not submit the required documentation.

1 of 29
Next
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
silvertower is based in Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • Romney adds to delegate lead in Illinois primary

      Bradenton Herald
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney added to his lead in the race for delegates Tuesday by winning the Republican presidential primary in Illinois. Romney won at least 41 delegates in Illinois and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won at least...
  • Romney wins Illinois presidential primary

      Taiwan News
    Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential primary in Illinois on Tuesday night, further extending his lead over chief rival Rick Santorum Romney, a multimillionaire who has the backing of most of the Republican establishment but struggles with the...
  • Romney Wins Illinois Republican Primary

      Voice of America
    U.S. news services say Romney won about 55 percent of the vote to nearly 30 percent for his top rival, Rick Santorum.  The other two Republican candidates, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, finished far behind. With the win, Romney picked up a 54 more...
  • Romney cruises to easy win in Illinois, networks project

      Baltimore Sun
    Republican Mitt Romney easily won the Illinois primary on Tuesday over top rival Rick Santorum , U.S. television networks projected, moving him one step closer to clinching the party's presidential nomination. A solid win in Illinois would give...
  • CBS News: Romney Projected to Win Illinois

    The estimate is based on early exit poll results and vote totals. Pre-Election Day polls suggested that Romney was likely to win the primary in Illinois and take the lion's share of the 54 delegates up for grabs in the primary. The former...
  • Romney routs Santorum in GOP primary in Illinois

      Kansas.com
    Front-runner Mitt Romney won the Illinois primary with ease Tuesday night, trumping Rick Santorum in yet another industrial state showdown and padding his already-formidable delegate lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Romney...

Blogs

 >

Images

 >
 

More From Allvoices

Related People

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.