Although all the votes have yet to be counted, it looks like Republican
presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney has registered a convincing win in
Tuesday's Illinois primary, enlarging his lead in the race for the
U.S. news services say Romney won about 55 percent of the vote to a
little more than 25 percent for his top rival, Rick Santorum.
other two Republican candidates, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, finished
With the win, Romney picked up
a 54 more delegates and gained major momentum heading into upcoming
Heading into the Illinois primary, the former Massachusetts governor had
won more than 500 delegates, while Santorum was in the 200s. Gingrich
and Paul trailed far behind.
A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to secure the Republican nomination
and earn the right to take on President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the