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Newslinks for Wednesday March 21: Romney wins big in Illinois

Posted on 03/21/2012

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MITT WINS ILLINOIS

Romney victory Illinois

  • "With 99% of precincts reporting, Mr. Romney led with 47% to Mr. Santorum's 35%. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas had 9%, and Newt Gingrich trailed with 8%." - WSJ
  • Latest ABC delegate count: Romney 563, Santorum 263, Gingrich 135, Paul 50
  • "Romney wins by wide margin" - New York Times
  • Romney sounds like GOP nominee in Illinois victory speech - Daily Caller
  • "Mitt Romney’s resounding win in the Illinois primary Tuesday demonstrated his solidifying hold on the GOP’s upscale managerial wing, and deepened the question of whether rival Rick Santorum can appeal to a broad enough segment of Republican voters to truly challenge the front-runner’s lead for the nomination." - National Journal
  • Romney exorcises demographic demons - The Hill
  • Illinois primary win boosts Romney's inevitability case - LA Times

Romney won Tea Partiers and conservatives

"In Mitt Romney's decisive Illinois victory Tuesday, the campaign got some encouraging signs from segments of the GOP that have, in the past, been reluctant to support him. Early exit polls showed him beating Rick Santorum among self-identified conservatives, voters who support the Tea Party, and even people making less than $50,000 per year. But one stubborn Republican faction refused to join the rest on the Romney bandwagon: white Evangelical Christians." - BuzzFeed

Why Santorum lost

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"It's been a rough few days for the former Pennsylvania senator. On Tuesday, he was forced to distance himself from an earlier comment suggesting he didn't care about the country's unemployment rate. Over the weekend in Puerto Rico, he had to repeatedly explain his position on whether islanders would have to speak English if they want to become a U.S. state. And he had to answer questions about a fiery pastor who introduced him at a church service in Louisiana while suggesting that America is a Christian nation." - AP

Santorum will need to do well in Wisconsin and home state Pennsylvania to justify staying in the race

"Both Republicans eyeing a sooner-the-better end to the bloody GOP battle and Santorum himself are increasingly looking to the April 24 Pennsylvania contest, with 72 delegates and home state supremacy at stake, as a crucial pivot point. “How does Rick Santorum continue if he were to lose among his home state primary voters?” asked Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), an unaligned member of the House GOP leadership. “Where’s the momentum coming out of that?”" - Politico

Looking ahead: Louisiana

"Louisiana, which will hold the next Republican primary on Saturday, is a much more balanced picture. According to new data from a Republican who monitors media spending, Mr. Santorum and the Red White and Blue Fund, the pro-Santorum super PAC, have committed nearly a half-million dollars to advertising on broadcast television, cable and radio there." - New York Times

  • "Gingrich and Paul plan to head into Louisiana, which holds its GOP primary Saturday." - CNN

Romney-Ryan?Weekly Standard

Gingrich, Santorum super PACs low on funds - Washington Post

  • Romney to hit road for funds - WSJ

Las Vegas billionaire has provided $16.5 million out of the $18.8m total Newt Gingrich's super PAC has raised

Newt"The Las Vegas mogul and his wife put another $5 million into the super PAC in February, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed Tuesday. His daughter, Shelley Adelson, donated $500,000. Altogether, the Adelson family has given Winning Our Future $16.5 million out of the $18.8 million it has raised." - LA Times

  • "If it wasn’t for Sheldon Adelson and his family, the pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future would’ve raised a pittance in February. ... Gingrich’s own campaign committee is expected to report Tuesday night that it’s carrying more debt than cash on hand, a dubious sign for a candidate that has virtually no chance at this juncture of securing his party’s presidential nomination." - Politico

Paul: Secret Service protection ‘a form of welfare’ - CNN

NRCC sees big fundraising night with Nikki Haley - CNN

GOP candidates’ wives are less disliked than their husbands - Hot Air

The other Illinois primaries: Eric Cantor's Illinois intervention a success

Screen shot 2011-04-21 at 11.15.12"Branding himself as a new kind of conservative, Adam Kinzinger bested two-decade veteran Don Manzullo in the first Republican member-on-member race of the 2012 cycle. The ugly GOP primary fight drew some strange lines in the sand: On one side were tea-party groups with Manzullo, despite the fact they had rallied around Kinzinger in 2010. And on the other were House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Kinzinger, a freshman and rising Republican star." - Politico

  • Victory a relief for GOP leaders - The Hill
  • And... party favorites win in Illinois 12th, 17th districts - National Journal

Ryan, Obama budgets offer radically different visions of America

  • Screen shot 2011-05-27 at 5.11.24 AM"On spending... the Obama budget increases federal spending every year, for a total of $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" decreases federal spending by $3.5 trillion."  - Washington Examiner
  • Ryan plan triggers budget wars anew - Politico
  • "Under the Ryan budget, private plans would send the government an estimate of the premiums they would charge for insurance coverage that is at least as generous as the standard Medicare benefit package." - Washington Post
  • ObamaCare's costs are soaring - Sen. Ron Johnson in the WSJ

GOP primaries are allowing Obama to build a fundraising advantage over Republican candidates

Obama"Mr. Obama's campaign reported $85 million in reserves at the end of February, an increase from $76 million at the end of January, according to February campaign-finance reports filed Tuesday. That is more than six times the amount of money that the entire Republican field had in the bank" -WSJ ($)

Obama debt hole deeper than George W. Bush's in less than half the time

"From the time Bush took office in January 2001 to his departure on Jan. 20, 2009, the debt increased $4.9 trillion -- from $5.73 trillion to $10.63 trillion. The debt now stands at $15.57 trillion, up $4.94 trillion since Obama took office less than four years ago. When Obama was campaigning, he called the debt increase under Bush "irresponsible" and "unpatriotic."" - Fox News

Many of our big problems could be solved by devolving decisions to the lowest level possible - Jonah Goldberg

Administration grants exemptions on Iran sanctions

Screen shot 2011-04-09 at 13.13.45"The United States is offering some breathing room in its seemingly ironclad set of sanctions against Iran, underscoring the difficulty the U.S. and other countries may have in truly freezing out the Iranian regime. The State Department on Tuesday announced exemptions for 11 countries from the newly passed economic sanctions expected to hit Iran's financial and energy sectors." - Fox News

  • Obama plans weekend visit to Korean Demilitarized Zone - Fox News

And finally... Rick Santorum was nicknamed "Rooster" in high school - BuzzFeed

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