So much for crowning Mitt Romney the Republican nominee for president.
After Rick Santorum won three victories Tuesday night – Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota – leaders in the Illinois Republican Party believe the Illinois March 20th primary will be pivotal when it comes to deciding to the standard bearer for the party.
"It will be good for Illinois to see," said State Sen. Matt Murphy “It will be good for both sides, it’s an opportunity for we Illinois Republicans to be relevant.”
Al Salvi, who is a Santorum supporter, believes his “timing was very good” as the current debate over birth control and abortion has helped Santorum’s campaign.
Salvi does not favor the new rules of Obamacare and says “by forcing these Catholic institutions to do things that are against their conscience” he believes voters see it as “the government’s heavy hand. “
Illinois voters will head to the polls two weeks after the 10 states voting on Super Tuesday.
The results from those states may well knock a candidate or two out of the running.
Nearly 20 years ago in 1992, Democratic nominee Bill Clinton’s Illinois primary victory dealt a serious blow to his closest challenger Paul Tsongas.