Romney Wins Illinois

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a town hall-style meeting at the Sullivan Community Center Gymnasium March 18, 2012 in Vernon Hills, IL


20% precincts reporting.

Mitt Romney 54%
Rick Santorum 28%

Fifty-four delegates may be enough for Mitt Romney to finally put Rick Santorum behind him. CNN has called Illinois for Mitt Romney, with a little more than 20 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had a commanding 54 percent to 28 percent lead over Rick Santorum. Romney is coming off of third-place finishes in both Alabama and Mississippi last week, though he did crush Santorum in Puerto Rico on Saturday. Since Illinois is a large state with a moderate GOP electorate, this victory could be the final push to a large delegate lead—and the nomination.