The Choice For Illinois Republicans This Primary: Mitt Romney

-By Warner Todd Huston

The first filing date for candidate petitions has now come and gone and those that are going to appear on the Illinois primary ballot is being set. And — drum roll please — we can just dispense with this whole primary dealio because apparently Illinois’ Republican voters will choose Mitt Romney.

Ah, but you might bristle at this. You might immediately launch into paroxysms of calling me a RINO for picking Romney over all the other worthy GOP candidates for president, right?

Well save your ire.

You see, I am not saying Romney is the best candidate for Illinois. I am saying that he’s the ONLY candidate for Illinois… literally.

Mitt Romney was the only GOP candidate for president that had the ground game in Illinois to even get on the ballot with the first filing date.

Below is a screen shot of the Illinois Board of Elections page showing all the candidates for president that filed their petitions:

It is unfortunate that none of the other candidates are on the ballot yet. But, once again, we see that a successful ground game is still as important as ever. And Romney is the only one with a large enough ground game in Illinois to even get on the ballot so far.

So, there you are, Illinois. So far Romney will be your choice because none of the rest of them are yet even on the ballot. The rest do still have until Jan. 6th, so they better get in gear.

**UPDATE 1/4/12**

I just heard from Team Newt and they say they will have their petitions filed in the next day or so. They wanted to wait until after the Iowa Caucuses, they tell me.

**Update #2**

Illinois Review notes that Santorum’s campaign is filing, too.

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.
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2 Responses to The Choice For Illinois Republicans This Primary: Mitt Romney

  1. WTH fan says:

    Not to worry Warner, Newt’s IL team will be filing on Friday, a full slate. I know that from credible sources. I would expect Santorum to have some filing. Whether it’s full or not, we’ll see.

    But you are on the right track. You’ll have a big story next week about the candidates who didn’t make it. Huge embarrassment for the Perry “team” here for example I suspect, and they know who they are, e.g. Jack Roeser and Tom Cross’ operation. Cross of course was never serious about Perry in the first place. Just part of a successful effort to keep Perry down and to make sure Romney prevails.