Mitt Romney is projected to win the Illinois primary Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press, padding his delegate lead and once again forcing his Republican opponents to find another moment to mount a guerrilla challenge to his campaign.
Romney led in every poll in the run-up to today’s vote. A Public Policy Polling survey released Sunday even showed him with a 15-point lead over Rick Santorum.
While Santorum campaigned in the state and spent money there, an adviser to his campaign acknowledged before the polls had even closed that the state was likely lost to Romney.
The size of Romney’s victory margin will likely determine how the Illinois vote affects the larger GOP race. Should Romney claim a double-digit victory, it could prompt national Republicans to try more aggressively to conclude an already drawn-out primary season.
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