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Romney’s Day to Relish Is Marred by Aide’s Gaffe

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Mitt Romney sought to use the coveted endorsement of Jeb Bush on Wednesday to amplify his call for Republicans to rally behind his candidacy and get on with the mission of ousting President Obama.
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Republicans Want Romney to Close the Deal

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Hoisting his newest trophies — a landslide win in Illinois and an endorsement from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — Mitt Romney came to this Baltimore suburb on Wednesday for a victory lap aimed at bringing the marathon Republican primary to a close. The rout in the Midwest, followed hours later by the blessing from one of the GOP’s most respected figures, amplified calls by the Romney campaign and its allies for his flagging rivals to bow out.

Mitt Romney Cleans up in Illinois

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Illinois primary day was a laundry day for Mitt Romney. He washed his shirt in the sink and then took Rick Santorum to the cleaners. The former Massachusetts governor beat his closest rival handily, 47 percent to 35 percent. It was the first no-caveat, everyone-is-watching, takes-place-in-a-location-you've-heard-of contest that Romney has dominated since his victory in Florida two months ago.
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Romney Scores Big Win over Santorum in Illinois

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Republican Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory over top rival Rick Santorum in Illinois on Tuesday, moving him one step closer to clinching the party's volatile battle for the presidential nomination. Romney's comfortable win gave him a fresh burst of momentum in the White House campaign and new ammunition for his argument that it is time for Republicans to rally around his campaign and end an increasingly bitter nominating battle.
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GOP Candidates Face Illinois Primary Today

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CNBC's John Harwood has the story on whether there will be a brokered Republican convention.

Romney Aims for Illinois Win to Widen Republican Lead

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Front-runner Mitt Romney appears poised to widen his lead in the Republican presidential race with a victory on Tuesday in Illinois, where polls show he has a comfortable edge over top rival Rick Santorum. Romney hopes a solid win in Illinois will give him a fresh burst of momentum in the volatile White House campaign and add urgency to calls for Republicans to rally around the former Massachusetts governor and end an increasingly bitter nominating battle.
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Illinois Next Crucial Stop in GOP Race

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The Republican presidential hopefuls continue to stump for support. CBS News political director John Dickerson talked about delegate math with "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Rebecca Jarvis, ahead of Tuesday's key contest in Illinois.

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Political Landscape: Illinois

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A look at the GOP candidates' strategies and campaigns in Illinois: How are local officials getting involved in the race? What issues are coming up as the candidates' campaign? How organized are the candidates on the ground? Springfield’s WSEC Capitol View moderator Jamey Dunn explores the race with local reporters Chris Wetterrich of The State Journal-Register & Mike Riopell of The Daily Herald.

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Illinois Primary Could Help Romney Stake his Claim

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The Republican presidential candidates spent the past week honing their Southern accents and talking awkwardly about their love of grits. With their Southern swing behind them, they will return to the industrial heartland for a potentially pivotal primary Tuesday in Illinois.
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