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Showdown in Illinois for GOP Candidates

A recent report from CBS Chicago explained that for the first time since 1988, Illinois’ GOP nomination for president will be considered “in play.”

An exciting moment in the progression of the race, there has been hype surrounding which candidate will win the vote in President Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois and what will result from that win. A report from WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore said that, “the prolonged GOP contest between frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum means the Illinois primary may be more important.”

GOP candidate Mitt Romney is hoping for a win in Illinois as he continues to strive toward securing the Republican nomination. If Romney achieves this goal, it is up for debate whether or not the other candidates should drop out. Two Chicagoans interviewed on March 19 said they believed the candidates would be wise to drop out in this case.

David Whitman, an actor from Lincoln Park said that he feels it would be in the best interest of the Republican Party to eliminate the other candidates if Romney wins, especially considering his dislike for candidate Rick Santorum.

“I’m not a Republican, but it would make no sense for the other candidates to stay in the race if Romney takes the win. It would be embarrassment to vote for Santorum,” Whitman said.

Whitman believes that Romney’s downfall could result from many Republican’s judgment of his Mormon religion.

“I think it’s ridiculous for people to make religion a deciding factor in their vote,” Whitman said. “It speaks to the priorities of the party.”

Cindy Cavallaro, a business relations consultant from the Gold Coast area said that if Romney wins Illinois she believes that Newt Gingrich should drop out of the running. Cavallaro said she does not necessarily see a problem with the other candidates continuing to compete.

“I think the Republican Party needs candidates that will support one another, and I believe they will never achieve that with Romney and Gingrich putting one another down,” Cavallaro said.

A report fromCBS described a “pro-Romney super PAC” a recent Chicago television ad bashing Santorum and referring to him as “the ultimate Washington insider.”

“I think there is a lot be said about a candidate who can sell themselves without putting the other party nominees down,” Cavallaro said. “There has been too much negativity in this race.”

A CBS report says that this negativity may come back to haunt the candidates, considering that in a recent conference the Obama campaign said the GOP’s attacks are helping the president’s popularity. On the other hand, some Republicans believe the bickering is helping the candidates prepare.

A recent report from CBS Chicago said that, “While Santorum has a steeper hill to climb in the fight for the GOP nomination there are still enough delegates in play that all of the Republican candidates are still in the hunt mathematically.”

For more info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvkCv4R6nrQ

David Whitman from Lincoln Park belives that if

Romney wins, other candidates should bow out.

Cindy Cavallaro from the Gold Coast area feels there

has been too much negativity between candidates.

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