No surprise here, Willard “Mitt” Romney has won the Illinois primary. For a while now it has been quite clear that Romney was the candidate to beat and it doesn’t seem that he has much of a lofty competition at hand. Despite what many political coverage websites say, it doesn’t seem to be that long of a road ahead.
Romney won Illinois with almost 50% of the vote, and despite the fact that it is unlikely that these primary results will affect the general election; this was another significant win for the Romney campaign for now. Romney outspent the Santorum campaign 7 to 1 in Illinois, and it seems the person with the most economic leverage is aimed to take the nomination, despite critics of Romney as a candidate who doesn’t understand the average American.
Many Republicans are weary that Romney can secure a win in the general election against President Obama if he is the nominee, but as the primaries and caucuses wage on it doesn’t seem like he’s losing any support. Some site Romney’s religion (Mormon) as an issue, but CNN’s Jack Cafferty has noted that since the election of the first African American president it seems clear that the United States has become less rigid on their picture of a typical president.
This is Romney’s third win in a “major Midwestern industrial battleground” according to the LA Times, and it seems the base which Romney was hoping to clench is so far leaning more in his direction than any other candidate.
Whether Romney is electable, whether he is relatable, whether he is a “flip-flopper,” it seems he is on a steady path to victory as the new competition for Obama in November. Although, every time a rising candidate is set to face an incumbent president the memories of negative ads pointing out their flaws on the way to candidacy is a hard thing to overcome, so Romney will have a rough road ahead.
“The Romney campaign has been doggedly tenacious. Every time they’ve had an opponent, they’ve mowed them down under a hail of negative media. When your whole message is, ‘The other guy’s a jerk,’ there’s not much for people to grab on to. There’s not much inspiration there” An Obama representative said to CBS.
On a more comical note, Newt Gingrich was defeated in Illinois by Ron Paul.
Romney may be running a strong campaign, but with his experience almost entirely resting on his office as a conservative governor in a liberal state, and his time as a CEO, it may be all too easy for Obama to point out his weakness’ and voting inconsistencies. President Obama may be a man who believes in hope, but there may not be much for Romney if the president is able to illuminate such noticeable political discrepancies.