Mitt Romney won a convincing victory in the Illinois Republican Primary Tuesday, March 20, over his nearest challenger, former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum.
Romney nearly reached the 50 percent mark, winning 47 percent of voters in what was called the Lincoln Primary. Santorum trailed with 35 percent while Texas Rep. Ron Paul (9 percent) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (8 percent) were well behind.
The former Mass. governor picked up 41 delegates to 10 for Santorum, increasing his lead to 563 delegates, just about half of what he needs to become the Republican nominee to face President Obama in the November general election.
Next up for the candidates is the Louisana primary this Saturday.