29th January 2005
Romney won the primaries for Puerto Rico on March 18th, with 83% of the vote (98,375) and getting 20 delegates from there.
Illinois was the next battleground, and unlike the close contest in Ohio, Romney was able to get the most votes with a considerable gap between him and Santorum.
Romney 430,744 47% 41 delegates Santorum 322,925 35% 10 delegates Paul 85,914 9% 0 Gingrich 73,378 8% 0
Exit polling showed similar trends. The electorate was mostly white, at least 45 years old. Economically, they tended to be mostly making at least $50,000 yearly. Religious affiliation is not affecting who people vote for, unless they are evangelicals, in which case they have continued to favor Santourm over Romney.
The next stop is in Louisiana, where Romney is not expected to do well due to the more conservative nature of voters there. He is also dealing with a gaffe from a campaign advisor after making statements following the victory on CNN. In response to a question over how Romney can reconcile appealing to the more socially conservative with moderates and independents, the adviser stated that Romney could be like an etch-a-sketch and 'change', which fed right into opponents claims of Romney being a flip-flopper and not principled. Romney though managed to earn the endorsement of Jeb Bush, which helps with his chances. Surprisingly Jeb Bush himself was considered to be a potential candidate, and may still be in future elections.
29th January 2005
And a little anecdote- the primary saw the lowest turn out on the books for Chicago.
By David Kidwell
8:22 p.m. EDT, March 20, 2012 Reporting from Chicago—
Chicago election officials predicted the lowest turnout in a presidential primary in city history.
It was 15% at 2 p.m., and the previous low was 32% in 1996, said Langdon Neal, chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.
“It’s going to be the lowest,” Neal said. “The real issue" is how low.
He said he was crossing his fingers that the turnout might reach 20%.
There is no big Democratic city-wide primary in Chicago. Four years ago, then-Sen. Barack Obama was at the top of the Democratic ticket seeking the presidential nomination.