Mitt Romney won the Illinois primary last night with 428,434 votes to Rick Santorum's 321,079 votes.Ron Paul came in a distant third with 85,464 and Newt Gingrich finished fourth with only 72,942 votes. These numbers are with 99% of the votes counted.
This latest victory puts Mitt Romney in the neighborhood of 300 delegates ahead of Rick Santorum, 430 ahead of Newt Gingrich and around 500 or so ahead of Ron Paul. In the next few weeks, the already mathematically unlikely campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul will be mathematically eliminated from the possibility of gaining enough delegates to win as the number of delegates needed will become greater than those remaining to be won. The Gingrich and Paul Campaigns would already have to win in the neighborhood of 80% of the remaining delegates in order to secure the nomination of the Republican party. The Santorum Campaign needs nearly 70% to get the nomination and Romney needs less than 50% to cinch the nomination.
It's time the party closed ranks behind Mitt Romney and started working toward a victory in November. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have already proved themselves incapable of working together within the Republican party in order to achieve a victory over Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney Victory Speech
Rick Santorum After Losing Illinois
I could find no videos of Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich speaking after losing Illinois, so that must mean that the networks have pulled their embeds with those two campaigns since I've not been able to find video of either of them after the last few contests. You'd think that the campaigns would be smart enough to make their own videos and upload them to Youtube.
Here are some additional videos of the Romney Campaign activity in Illinois...
Mitt Romney Campaign Google Plus Hangout
Mitt Romney Campaign Speech in Illinois