Illinois Poses Next Big Prize in Republican Primary BattleSubmitted by barracuda_trader on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 08:54
CHICAGO – Pop quiz: Which state in the Republican presidential primary has the most delegates on offer: Florida, Ohio or Illinois?
If you said the latter, you’re right. Illinois has 69 delegates, compared with 66 for Ohio and 50 for Florida, but it gets far less attention in the political realm than the other two key general election battlegrounds. Expect to hear a lot more about it in the coming weeks. On March 20, Illinois holds its primary, making it far and away the biggest primary prize in the month following Super Tuesday. Only Missouri – with 52 delegates – and Alabama and Louisiana – with 50 and 46 respectively – even approach the mathematical importance of Illinois.