Fox News has called the Illinois Primary for Mitt Romney. So has USA Today:
With 28% of 10,448 precincts reporting, Romney had a commanding lead with 56% of the vote to 28% for his main challenger, Rick Santorum. Ron Paul had 9%, while New Gingrich was lagging with 7%.
After capturing primaries in industrial states Michigan and Ohio, Tuesday‘s victory solidified Romney’s front-runner status to face off against President Obama in this fall’s general election.
The economy appeared to be a top issue for Illinois voters, just as it has been in other primary states.