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Voters heading to the polls right now in Illinois and there are already reports of problems with some ballot locations.
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum looking for a big win the former Massachusetts governor.
He's spending the day in Chicago he's participating in -- campaign event at Google offices there.
Rick Santorum though is in Pennsylvania delivering a speech this evening and get as bird.
Honoring Abraham Lincoln.
Newt Gingrich is moving ahead -- Louisiana and Ron Paul is off the trail completely no scheduled events.
54 delegates are at stake in Illinois -- Rick Santorum is only competing for 44 of them because he missed filing deadlines.
And speaking of -- delegates according to the latest tally Romney is out front with 521.
Followed but Rick Santorum with 253.
Newt Gingrich in third place with a 136.
And Paul trails the field.
Whether -- now the former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to president George W.
Bush Karl Rove he is also a Fox News contributor.
And nobody knows political numbers better so up Mitt Romney is he's trying to regain a sense of inevitability Carl that he had.
After the wins in New Hampshire and Florida if he wins Illinois.
Does he have it back.
He has -- back until Saturday when we have the Louisiana primary and in all likelihood.
Rick Santorum is likely to -- Louisiana I don't think we're gonna start to see.
And more definitive potential moment for Romney until early April wind.
On April 3 to the District of Columbia Maryland and Wisconsin all vote and all of them are winner take all primaries.
With a bit -- -- over eighty delegates at stake well there you have said on this program before that you're not a big proponent of this idea that the Republican.
Convention could be a brokered convention.
But at this point all of the signs point to Newt Gingrich staying in the race to to try to make it exactly that.
Well and we'll see whether or not he's got the ability to make it that he certainly didn't have the ability to make -- that again.
For example Puerto Rico we did have the ability make of that Hawaii's not gonna have the ability to make it that in Illinois he will not pick up -- delegates denied in fact.
Tonight it's a two man race and I suspect that from here on out it's likely to be a two man race.
Unless there's some kind of major event in the campaign that allows speaker Gingrich to recapture.
A moment and remember he was expected to win city absolutely needed to win.
Mississippi and Alabama and he came in second -- Rick Santorum is already down as we noted because he didn't qualify for the ballot in all of the districts there in Illinois.
He has said that if he wins Illinois you'll go on.
To win the nomination do you see any possibility of him winning -- Well remember we have to contest tonight first of all we have a beauty contest.
And he's hoping to win that beauty contest in order to affect the arc of the campaign.
And what he's counted on his -- there were about a 900000.
Primary voters in 2000 and eight in in the state of Illinois.
We think -- Chicago's a Democrat tablet Cook County.
Cast a 180000.
Votes in the Republican primary the collar counties the five suburban counties erratic -- cast almost 300000.
Two ex urban counties that are you don't -- long drives into the city but people live -- work in Chicago about 91000.
And downstate 345 he's hoping to win this big.
And keep it close in these the two thirds of the votes to be found in the Chicago area and win the beauty contest because as you point out he is unlikely to win the delegate contest.
If if you've got 54 delegates up for stake.
And you haven't filed in and in if for congressional districts with twelve delegates.
That means that you're competing for 42 and your opponents already started with twelve.
Makes it very hard to get -- get get to a majority of 28 among those 54 delegates are up for stake tonight.
And I have I think highly unlikely that that Rick Santorum will win the majority of the delegates the question is going to be.
How big a majority does Romney have among the delegates.
He's one thus far the contest 54% of all the delegates elected.
That would mean 29 is the magic number if he wins 29 anyone roughly 54% of Illinois delegates.
If he wins above that he's increasing his margin to make it more difficult for Santorum to -- If he's lesson that the santorum's picking up a little on it.
Karl Rove are Fox News political.
Contributor Carl thank you.
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