Romney coasts to victory in Illinois

A strong showing in the Chicago suburbs and other urban areas of Illinois helped Mitt Romney to an easy win in the IL GOP presidential primary. With 99% of precincts reporting, Romney had about 47% to Santorum's 35%. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich ended up third and fourth polling in the single digits. More importantly, AP is projecting that Romney will win 44 of the 54 delegates at stake (another 15 delegates will be chosen at a state convention in June). Chicago Tribune: "What a night. Thank you, Illinois. What a night. Wow!," Romney said to supporters at his victory party at a Schaumburg hotel shortly after 8 p.m. "Tonight we thank the people of Illinois for their vote and for this extraordinary victory." Savoring a victory in President Barack Obama's home state, Romney framed the general election as a "defining decision" for the American people. "This election will be about principle. Our economic freedom will be on the ballot. ... It's time to say this word: enough." ...(Read Full Post)