March 21st, 2012
02:35 AM ET

Romney wins Illinois primary, gears up for Louisiana

With a decisive win in the Illinois presidential primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sets his sights on the bayou where Louisiana holds the next Republican primary.

"We thank the people of Illinois for this extraordinary victory," Romney told supporters in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg. "Elections are about choices. Today, hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois joined millions of people in this country in this cause."

With 99% of precincts reporting, Romney led former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum by a 47%-to-35% margin. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was running third at 9%, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 8%.

With the victory, Romney was poised to win at least 41 of the 54 delegates up for grabs in the state, giving him a total of 562, according to CNN's estimate. Santorum is second with 249, Gingrich third with 137 and Paul last with 69.

A total of 1,144 delegates are needed to clinch the GOP nomination.

Louisiana will hold its primary on Saturday.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    l00s of thousands eh? Doubtful! And we shall see come the real election time, meanwhile keep on wasting your money! I wouldnt vote for you for hall monitor!

    March 21, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    It's the primary, Romney. You haven't popped the big O yet.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. just eye

    These stats are a little off.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Elke

    You probably need to go to her site to find that out as there is the text astociased with the workout. Also there are some real nice b/w images of Zuzana there!

    July 14, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |