After narrow wins in Michigan and Ohio, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won Tuesday night's Illinois primary. Romney took 47 percent of the vote, while Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum had 35 percent.
Some doubted that Romney would be able to unite the Republican party after losses in the southern states. NYtimes.com reported that Romney would collect three times as many delegates as Santorum, which pushes the former governor closer to the nomination.
NYtimes.com reported: "It’s time to say this word: enough. We’ve had enough," Romney said. "We know our future’s brighter than these troubled times. We still believe in America, and we deserve a president who believes in us, and I believe in the American people."
Santorum's campaign faced problems this week. WNYC.org reported that Santorum decided not to focus on the economy as the primary issue in the campaign, later changing his stand. Santorum said to become a state, Puerto Rico should adopt English as the country’s official language.
With eyes on Romney as the front-runner in the race, some republicans believe supporting one candidate is the best way to win the presidency in November.
CNN.com reported: "Now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Gov. Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall," said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Bush endorsed Romney on Wednesday. CNN.com reported that Bush’s endorsement added to Romney’s “inevitable” lock on the GOP nomination.
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