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March 20th, 2012

Romney Prevails in Land of Lincoln

Mitt Romney’s long, slow march to the GOP nomination took another step forward with a victory in the Illinois primary on Tuesday. Early results showed Romney capturing the majority of the votes and news outlets were able to call the race with only 3 percent of the precincts reporting. He wound up with almost 47 percent. Rick Santorum finished second at 35 percent. Ron Paul edged Newt Gingrich for third place, 9.3 to 8 percent, respectively.

Santorum won significantly more counties than Romney, but the former Massachusetts governor once again scored big in the highly populated counties. A total of 69 delegates are at stake in Illinois. 54 of them are elected by congressional district, 12 are elected statewide and three more are the state’s RNC officials. Estimates show Romney picking up at least 40 delegates and Santorum capturing 10. The victory pads Romney’s significant overall lead. The next contest on the GOP calendar is the Louisiana primary this Saturday. Polls there show Santorum with the advantage.

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Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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