Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, addresses the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.
Even before the results of Michigan's primary election were known Tuesday night, Illinois GOP chair Pat Brady said it was important that Romney carry the state.
"It’s important that he win" in Michigan, Brady said earlier in the day adding: "We have a long way to go."
Brady is looking ahead to the Illinois primary in three weeks, noting that Rick Santorum is not on the ballot in four congressional districts, making it very difficult for him to win on March 20.
"It’s a delegate count," he said. "In four of the congressional districts in this state, he’s not even on the ballot. The Romney organization has been working in this state for three or four years. I think Mitt Romney’s going to have a good night in Illinois. He fits the state almost perfectly.”
Brady also notes that the Democratic registration in Illinois is down, and believes that will help the GOP with Congressional as well as statewide House and Senate races across the state.
Brady believes the overall motivation for voters will be the economy.
"You’re going to have $5 a gallon gas. Your house is worth less. Commodity prices are up. It will cost you more to go to the grocery store," he said. These are the issue most people care about."