Mitt Romney wins Illinois primary
Solid Midwest victory is first for former governor
Mitt Romney handily won the Illinois primary Tuesday, stunting the momentum of Rick Santorum and providing the former Massachusetts governor ammunition for his contention that it’s time for the party to coalesce around him. Romney, who spent the past four days campaigning in Illinois, won 52 percent of the vote, to Santorum’s 31 percent, with 42 percent of the vote counted. He was expected to win the vast majority of the 54 delegates at stake; Santorum’s organizational problems made him ineligible for 10 of those.