CHICAGO---Mitt Romney is headed to a "blowout" victory in the Tuesday Illinois primary, according to a PPP poll, winning over swing conservatives who have been voting for Rick Santorum in other states. The poll reflects a popular vote--and does not address how many delegates on the ballot will be elected for Santorum and Romney.
From PPP: "Mitt Romney is headed for a blowout victory in Illinois on Tuesday. He leads with 45% to 30% for Rick Santorum, 12% for Newt Gingrich, and 10% for Ron Paul.
"Romney's particularly strong among voters who live in suburban areas (50-29) and with
those who live in urban areas (46-23). But he's even running slightly ahead of Santorum,
38-36, with folks who identify as living in rural parts and that strength with a group of
voters he hasn't tended to do that well with is why he's looking at such a lopsided margin
"Romney tends to win moderates in most states and Santorum usually win voters
describing themselves as 'very conservative.' The swing group in the Republican
electorate is those identifying as just 'somewhat conservative.' Romney is winning those
folks by a whooping 60-20 margin in Illinois. Romney's also benefiting from a 52-28
advantage with seniors.
"PPP surveyed 506 likely Republican primary voters on March 17th and 18th. The margin
of error for the survey is +/-4.4%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any
campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated