Illinois Will Play a Larger Role in the GOP Nomination

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The Land of Lincoln doesn’t have a lot of influence in the Party of Lincoln.
Also, Illinois traditionally holds its presidential
primary in March, after the must-win states of Iowa, New Hampshire and
South Carolina. (The 2008 primary was in February, but that was to help
Barack Obama on the Democratic side.) Sen. Mark Kirk thinks changes in
the GOP’s nominating process will finally make Illinois relevant in
choosing a presidential candidate. The party is switching from a
winner-take all system to a system in which delegates are awarded
proportionally. Also, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are tied in the

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