Illinois Poll: Romney Way Ahead

    VERNON HILLS, IL - MARCH 18:  Members of an overflow crowd listen to Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a town hall-style meeting at the Sullivan Community Center Gymnasium March 18, 2012 in Vernon Hills, IL. Romney is campaigning in Illinois three days before that state’s primary elections March 21, when 54 GOP delegates are up for grabs. With Romney in the lead on delegates, fellow candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues to compete for the 1,444 necessary to secure the nomination before the last primary, in Utah on June 26.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    Analysts are saying that Illinois’s Tuesday primary is a must-win for Rick Santorum, but new Public Policy Polling numbers show that probably won’t happen. Frontrunner Mitt Romney has a commanding 45 percent–to–30 percent lead over Santorum, according to the survey released Monday, the eve of the vote (it was taken Saturday and Sunday). Both candidates are campaigning today in the state, which has 54 delegates at stake.

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