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March 20, 2012


Illinois Primary Day

Illinois Republicans head to the polls today to choose their presidential nominee.

Chicago Tribune: "For a state that is home to President Barack Obama and run by Democrats, the grueling, months-long GOP battle for the nomination provides the state's out-of-power Republicans with a real say on national politics for the first time in decades. Democratic voters, meanwhile, will decide several heated congressional contests in newly drawn districts."

"At stake are not only Illinois' 54 elected national convention delegates, but for Mitt Romney, the chance to gain much-needed momentum with a big-state victory. For a vastly outspent and out-organized Rick Santorum, a win in Illinois would upend Romney's slow drive to the nomination and fuel questions about the former Massachusetts governor's electability and ability to unify core GOP conservatives."

Smart Politics: "Only one Illinois Republican presidential primary has been decided by less than 10 points out of 25 contests since 1912."

Polls close at 8 pm ET.












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