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Illinois Stays in Political Spotlight

Two GOP presidential candidates return on Saturday to continue their campaigns

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Republicans Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are in a tight race for the Land of Lincoln's delegates. (Published Monday, Mar 19, 2012)

    Two Republican presidential hopefuls plan to take full advantage of the days remaining before Tuesday's primary election in Illinois.

    While Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich left the Land of Lincoln after campaigning during the week, both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney will be back in Illinois on Saturday continuing their campaigns.

    On Friday, Romney's campaign announced that he would be adding extra stops in Illinois after an appearance in Puerto Rico Saturday morning. He returns this evening for a Town Hall event at 6 p.m. in Collinsville.

    Meanwhile, Santorum will spend Saturday morning campaigning in Missouri before crossing back over the state line for a Rally in Effingham. He will then travel south to Louisiana on Sunday, but plans to be back in Illinois by Monday for more campaign stops in the state.

    Santorum is currently at a delegate disadvantage because he is not registered in four of the 18 districts that make up the state of Illinois.

    Paul and Gingrich campaigned in Illinois earlier in the week following Santorum's wins in Mississippi and Alabama.

    Paul's next scheduled appearance is not until Tuesday in Los Angeles where he will attend a Luncheon in Los Angeles, followed by a guest spot on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, according to his website.

    Gingrich will spend Saturday campaigning in Louisiana and does not have plans to return north before the primary.

    A recent poll predicted that Romney would win  Illinois.