Feeling the heat, Romney to campaign in Illinois 3 days earlier than planned

Mitt Romney can feel Rick Santorum breathing down his neck in Illinois. The only significant poll was done by the Chicago Tribune and it showed Romney beating Santorum by only 3 points. Hence, Romney's foray into Illinois comes on Friday, rather than his original schedule that called for a blitz of the state on Monday. Chicago Tribune: With Illinois, Romney again faces a critical battle in a state that once seemed assuredly his. A recent Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll showed Romney with a slight edge over Santorum but within the survey's margin of error. Like Michigan and Ohio before, the moderate suburban dynamic of Illinois -- where most of the state's Republican voters live -- could benefit Romney and propel him toward the nomination. But today's Illinois GOP is not what it used to be. A strain of conservatism that for decades had yielded to a Republican organization built by moderates has taken strong root. And despite Illinois playing a leading role in a Republican...(Read Full Post)