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Mitt Romney Gets Big Delegate Win in Illinois

**updated**

(CBS News) More than four in ten of the people who voted for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in Tuesday’s GOP primary in Illinois “have reservations” about their choice, according to early CBS News exit polls.CBS News

Early exit polls hint at a good night in Illinois for Mitt Romney.

Rick Santorum stepped in it this week, giving Romney a perfect in on the economy, which Santorum hasn’t pressed. He’s also leaning too far in on social issues. Why he isn’t pressing his grandson from a coal miner story I have no idea.

Let’s see how well Romney does with women tonight. Ann Romney has been working to warm up his image, but there’s a long way to go.

Pres. Obama leads Romney with women by 20 percentage points. He’s won them back since the 2010 midterms when the big two parties split the female vote.

UPDATE: Mitt Romney beat Rick Santorum soundly. Romney had some new talking points in his speech, which tilted general election, but he wasn’t on his game, stumbling quite a few times.

Santorum had his one-on-one chance against Romney and couldn’t get the job done. Rick Santorum spoke in front of a “freedom” banner, but also decided to pick up his economic populist theme, which is what he should have been doing all along. Santorum made his speech from Gettysburg, PA., where he said he expected a landslide “in five weeks.”

Newt Gingrich’s statement was unsurprisingly ungracious, whining about the money Romney’s campaign spent in Illinois.

Santorum’s going nowhere and if you couple that with Gingrich’s sour grapes, what you get is two opponents who don’t like the man who will be the nominee and are going to do their best to deny Mitt Romney 1144, so that negotiating is required for the nominee to be chosen.

First, there are reportedly “ballot problems” in 25 counties in Illinois.

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7 Responses to Mitt Romney Gets Big Delegate Win in Illinois

  1. Cujo359 March 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    It may be a long night. A CBS report says that some precincts may have to count ballots by hand, because the ballots are too large to fit in the vote-counting machines.

    • Sandmann March 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

      In 1969 we put a man on the moon with a tiny fraction of the technology available today, but in 2012 we are stymied by oversized ballots.

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      • Cujo359 March 21, 2012 at 12:10 am #

        It’s worse than that – we’re stymied by people not being able to get the message out that ballots have to be a certain size to be read electronically.

  2. Cujo359 March 21, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    According to CBS News, Romney now has 534 delegates, and all other candidates combined have 380. That lead has widened since the last time I looked at it, which I think was Super Tuesday. Even if he splits the remaining delegates with the opposition, he’ll win the nomination outright.

  3. fairmindedindependent March 21, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    With all the money spent in Illinois, Romney gets under 50%, close but still under 50%. I think Romney will be the nominee, but he will still lose a hand full of states, so I understand why Santorum is staying in. He will proberly pick up Louisiana, Nebraska, Arkansas, maybe Texas, Kentucky, West Virginia, maybe North Carolina, and his homestate of Pennsylvania, so there are states he can win.

  4. secularhumanizinevoluter March 21, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    All I can say is DON’T GIVE UP FROTHY AND NEWTY!!!!!! FIGHT ON!!!!

  5. RAJensen March 21, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    The turnout in the Illinois primary was the lowest turnout in 70 years of Presidential Primaries in Ilinois. This confirms what has been happening in the other primaries. Republicans have low enthusiam for any of the contenders. 8% to16% of Republicans said they would vote for Obama or stay home if their preferred GOP candidate was not the nominee

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    Can you say ‘pyrrhic victory.

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