NBC: Romney wins Illinois Republican primary

Updated
NBC: Romney wins Illinois Republican primary
NBC: Romney wins Illinois Republican primary

Mitt Romney won the Illinois Republican primary with some ease on tonight, allowing him to likely add at his advantage over his rivals in the tally of delegates needed to secure the party’s presidential nomination.

NBC News projected that Romney had won the contest less than an hour after polls closed.

The primary had offered Republicans maybe their best chance yet of a genuine one-on-one battle between the former Massachusetts governor and Santorum, his chief competitor for the Republican nod.

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NBC: Romney wins Illinois Republican primary

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