With 99% of Illinois precincts reporting, Mitt Romney secured 47% of the vote (and an estimated 40 delegates) compared to 35% for Rick Santorum (and 11 delegates), 9% for Ron Paul and in fourth place Newt Gingrich received 8% in the Illinois presidential primary.
The delegate count continues to grow for Romney and at this point he is the only candidate with a realistic chance of mathematically clinching the GOP nomination before the primary season concludes in June. Any objective measuring stick (delegates won, votes, contests won, money raised, organization and outside support) used to compare campaigns favors Romney and has done so for a considerable amount of time.
Estimated GOP delegate count:
- March 24 – LA (46)
- April 3 – WI (42), MD (37) and DC (19)
- April 24 – NY (95), PA (72), CT (28), RI (19) and DE (17)