Romney Way Up in Illinois, But...
Some cite lackluster performance in state he could have dominated
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 19, 2012 7:45 AM CDT
Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets people during a campaign stop Sunday, March 18, 2012 in Moline, Ill.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – A new poll puts Mitt Romney 15 percentage points ahead of his closest rival, Rick Santorum, in Illinois' primary tomorrow—but perhaps he shouldn't start celebrating yet. Public Policy Polling has Romney winning 45% of the vote to Santorum's 30% (it puts Newt Gingrich at 12% and Ron Paul at 10%), noting the former Massachusetts governor is dominating the electorate's "swing" group—those who call themselves "somewhat conservative." But read this morning's papers, and you'll find a much gloomier take on the situation, with many saying Romney's effort in the state hasn't been convincing.

"He’s not overwhelming, that’s the problem through the whole damn primary," former House GOP leader Bob Michel tells Politico. Former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar hasn't backed Romney, despite being a fellow pro-business moderate. "It seems like he can get about 33% and just about hovers there," Edgar says. The Wall Street Journal reports Romney is "locked in a dogfight," citing a recent shift to the right in the state. The New York Times echoes that take, noting a growing conservative bloc and writing that "Illinois is not shaping up to be the effortless romp some had presumed."

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HMunster
Mar 19, 2012 11:02 AM CDT
Just wait until Sanctimonium utters another one of his primary-losing pearls of wisdom... Let's see, who hasn't he pissed off yet? How about: "Lady, I am not going to kiss your fugly baby. Ewww, I don't even want to hold him!... He looks like Satan!" Or maybe: "(gulp)... Sir, your chicken taste like a month-old, deep-fried dog turd... Get it away from me!..."
flin1
Mar 19, 2012 10:57 AM CDT
He goes to Puerto Rico and criticizes Sotomajor and tells them to speak english. I'm starting to think he's just kinda dumb.
LoginsSuck
Mar 19, 2012 10:52 AM CDT
Romney Way Up in Illinois, But... He is still Romney.