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-- to call the Illinois primary let's go to our cupboard -- -- -- Chicago it's gone on Brett.
Hey bill Fox News can now project that Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential primary.
Here in Illinois tonight Rick Santorum will finish second.
Leaving Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul to slug it out for third place it's too early to say.
How the candidates we'll split up the 54 delegates that are up for grabs here in Illinois today but.
Romney will certainly be able to pad his lead in the overall delegate race.
Coming into tonight's contest Romney had amassed 522 delegates more than double -- to -- to 53.
It takes 11144.
Delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination one thing bill it seems like the economy drove the day was a really.
Big issue in the exit polls and although the economy.
The voters who said the economy was the most important Romney won 56%.
Of those voters so Mitt Romney with a big win in Illinois.
As I said before this delegate allocation is done by congressional district eighteen congressional districts.
Throughout Illinois so we will continue to monitor.
Yeah I don't run again getting gives -- those delegates so he easily and now all we Santorum to wind it'll be more than that when -- dust -- -- You got Louisiana on Saturday right primary in Louisiana correct.
And that that's a conservative situation.
So you figure that Gingrich and -- -- will do well down there but after that.
It's pretty much.
Romney's sealed right I mean unity then they go into.
A more moderate state says states that his economic message you probably have a little bit more credibility so he's really only got one speed bump ahead Romney.
And then you figure he wins California states like that New York the big the big delegate states that's the way I'm seeing it here but is there anything else that I miss.
Clearly this was an important win for him tonight there is one race coming up in Wisconsin.
That Rick Santorum could make up a big stand there however the votes along -- Wisconsin Illinois border suggests that Romney did very well.
-- there at least early and that suggests that it might you know bleeding into Wisconsin as well so Wisconsin is on April 3.
On the same day that Washington DC has a a primary as well santorum's not on the ballot there you -- this starts to roll downhill.
If Romney does well in a number of different states.
But -- thanks very much.
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