Romney declared winner of Illinois primary

Here is the full speech from Mitt Romney tonight after it was announced that he won the primary:

And here’s the speech from Rick Santorum as well:

Rick Santorum now speaking in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; says this election is most important since 1860

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 21, 2012

Newt was supposed to be on Hannity at 9:30 et…has apparently been bumped for both Romney and Santorum speeches.

— Sarah Huisenga (@SarahHuisenga) March 21, 2012

Romney is not a teleprompter guy: Botched his big "Enough" line, and then another one, re Steve Jobs. "Wait, I missed that," Romney corrects

— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) March 21, 2012

Newt statement says campaign will go on till delegates vote in Tampa "relentlessly taking the fight to President Obama"

— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) March 21, 2012

As Illinois Republicans vote, staff at Obama's re-election campaign hdqs in Chicago was hard at work today (PICTURE) pic.twitter.com/OBh6uaQy

— Scott Foster (@scottwfoster) March 20, 2012

AP's called 8 delegates for Romney. #il-4 #il-5 #il-10.

— Josh Putnam (@FHQ) March 21, 2012

Lots of empty space at the Romney rally pic.twitter.com/xklsJxHg

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 21, 2012

Romney is on track for a strikingly large win in Illinois, but 20 mins before he speaks the crowd is strikingly small http://t.co/mPK1EOt6

— Matt Viser (@mviser) March 21, 2012

Romney expected to speak at 8:15 pm. (9:15 pm EST).

— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) March 21, 2012

Now the big question is what will #MittRomney's victory margin be. Romney campaign officials are hoping for a double-digit percentage pt win

— Steve Futterman (@sfutterman) March 21, 2012

With 3% reporting, Fox News calls Illinois for Romney, and his hotel ballroom (still filling up) starts cheering…

— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) March 21, 2012

Here’s an excerpt from Fox News:

It’s too early to say how the candidates will split up the 54 delegates up for grabs on Tuesday, but Romney will certainly be able to pad his lead in the overall delegate race.

Very early returns show Romney leading with 54 percent in Illinois, followed by Santorum with 28 percent. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are battling for third place.

The candidates head next to Louisiana, where polling shows Santorum has the edge, but the state is not worth as many delegates as Illinois.

Tomorrow is my 42nd bday. And my parents' 43rd anniversary! A win in IL would be a great way to kick it off.

— Tagg Romney (@tromney) March 21, 2012

RT @charliepolitico Exits have the collar counties going for Romney 51%-31%

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) March 21, 2012

A very neat, 360-degree photo of the Romney event setup for tonight:

Inside the Romney event http://t.co/QlvvfiUP

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 21, 2012

Given how GOP primary has gone,I'm expecting minimal to zero momentum carry over in LA if @MittRomney wins IL

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) March 21, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/mcoop/status/182256509013594113

37% of #ILPrimary voters said electability is most important issue in 2012 according to @CNN exits. 60% said Romney is strongest #GOP cand.

— Elise Tollefson (@entollefson) March 21, 2012

wow, 39 percent of voters said they had reservations about THEIR candidate

— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) March 21, 2012

NOT IN THE 21st CENTURY: The Illinois state board of elections does not post any live election results

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 21, 2012

RT @tobyharnden: CNN early exit polls in Illinois: Romney 45, Santorum 35, Gingrcih 12, Paul 8

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) March 21, 2012

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