Moderate Republicans Losing Ground In Illinois–And Everywhere Else?
Illinois used to be the home of moderate Republicans, but it is not a cakewalk for Mitt Romney.
Some Republicans say this state’s political inclinations are simply shifting, giving a more conservative bloc a far louder voice and leaving them wondering whether that old Illinois stalwart, the middle-of-the-road Republican, is obsolete.
Republicans in the state certainly have cause for excitement — this is the first Illinois primary in decades that could significantly influence who becomes the presidential nominee. But Mr. Romney also seems to be struggling here with something he has battled everywhere: a failure, voters say, to thrill.
Romney is greatly outspending Santorum, but is only leading by a few points.