Romney adds to delegate totals, Kinzinger Beats Manzullo

| March 21 2012
Christopher Cook
As expected, Mitt Romney won Illinois handily. Once again, Romney’s strength was among better educated, more affluent voters. Assuming that the GOP candidate, whoever he is, will take white working class voters overwhelmingly in the general election, Romney’s strength among the more affluent cohort may prove an important advantage.
Results from RCP:
Candidates Votes Percent
Romney 428,434 46.7
Santorum 321,079 35.0
Paul 85,464 9.3
Gingrich 72,942 8.0
Romney adds 43 delegates from Illinois to this total of 563. Santorum adds 10, to 263. Neither Gingrich nor Paul added to their totals.
Candidates Votes Delegates
Romney 4,068,009 560
Santorum 2,756,427 246
Gingrich 2,181,655 141
Paul 1,067,740 66

 

Of course, the presidential primary wasn’t the only watched race in Illinois last night, and Eric Cantor’s endorsement of Adam Kinzinger appears to have paid off.

Rep. Kinzinger Beats Rep. Manzullo, Honored to Represent the New 16

Chicago – Freshman U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger has won the Illinois primary race for Illinois’ newly redrawn 16th congressional district.

Don Manzullo, 67, has served 10 terms in Congress since winning his seat in 1992. Tuesday’s primary dealt Manzullo his first Republican challenge since taking office.

Kinzinger, 34, is a freshman U.S. representative from Manteno. The former Air Force pilot was elected in 2010 with strong tea party support, including an endorsement former Gov. Sarah Palin. Age and experience played a key role in this primary election, according to the Chicago Tribune.

His district was split due to redistricting. The Democrats in charge of the re-map folded Kinzinger’s district into Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s 2nd District. The new 16th District curves through north-central Illinois from the Wisconsin state line to the Indiana border.

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