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Illinois Looking Increasingly Illinoying for Rick Santorum

VERNON HILLS, IL - MARCH 18:  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a town hall-style meeting at the Sullivan Community Center Gymnasium March 18, 2012 in Vernon Hills, IL. Romney is campaigning in Illinois three days before that state?s primary elections , when 54 GOP delegates are up for grabs. With Romney in the lead on delegates, fellow candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues to compete for the 1,444 necessary to secure the nomination before the last primary, in Utah on June 26.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Peace or victory? Either/or.

After getting shellacked in Puerto Rico yesterday — where, with 83 percent of precincts now reporting, he's currently losing by nearly 80 points — Rick Santorum really would like to win a state soon, please. In fact, Santorum predicted over the weekend that if he beats Romney in Illinois, which votes tomorrow, he'd win the entire nomination. Not because Illinois is awarding 900 delegates, but because it's seen as Romney-friendly territory, so a Santorum win would be a huge, game-changing upset. But that's looking unlikely, as the latest PPP poll there shows Mitt Romney widening his lead to fifteen points. The only way that margin could get any bigger is if Santorum takes off his shirt and tells Chicago to start speaking English

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