Romney Wins Illinois Primary

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 4:52pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 5:22pm

Mitt Romney notched a convincing win in the Illinois Primary with 46.7% of the votes. Rick Santorum came in second with 35%. This is romney's first big win in the Midwest.

"I'm sure he would have liked to have seen himself come over 50%, but he didn't quite manage that," said Dr. Tony Knopp, University of Texas at Brownsville History Professor.

Dr. Knopp says this victory is none-the-less a win in which Romney picked up a 19 delegates.  He says it's evidence of what a strong campaign can do.

This campaign organization has got people everywhere, it's got the money and it just keeps picking up more and more delegates," said Dr. Knopp.

Knopp predicts Romney will lose Louisiana this weekend and expects the battle with Santorum to drag out for at least another month before the nomination is decided.

"The momentum is there in delegate strength in adding delegates, but it's not really there in terms of being convincing that he's well on his way now to being the accepted Republican nominee," said Dr. Knopp. 

Romney's history in Illinois especially hurts Santorum, who just last week seemed to have momentum after winning the Mississippi and Alabama primaries. His recent comments might have cost him Illinois.

"He made some statements, for example in Puerto Rico indicating that English is going to be insisted on.  I think that was a mistake, and there are other things that he said that have worked against him with a lot of people," said Dr. Knopp.

Candiates will now have their sights set on the Louisiana Primary this Saturday.

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