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Illinois takes its turn today


It is the turn of the state of Illinois to vote in a semi-open primary for the Republican presidential candidate today. The state has a habit of choosing the winning candidate in the Republican corner and Mitt Romney will be hoping that he can clean up in the state.

Romney is ahead in the opinion polls with around 40% of the vote to Rick Santorum’s 31%. Newt Gingrich is on about 13% and Ron Paul on 8%.

Although there are 69 delegates chosen for the state, only 54 of them are bound delegates (15 are unbound). Of these Rick Santorum is only battling for 44 delegates because he failed to file slates in four of the 18 congressional districts.

A good result for Mitt Romney is likely to see him in an almost unassailable position. There is doubt about how much longer Newt Gingrich can survive as his campaign funds dwindle with little to show for his efforts.

Friday sees the last of the March primaries, a closed primary in Louisiana with 20 delegates available.

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