Mitt Romney won the Illinois primary by a large margin on Tuesday night, further solidifying his lead over the other candidates in the Republican nomination race. Claiming he’s best qualified to defeat President Obama in November, Romney earned a sizable, convincing victory, over his closest opponent, Rick Santorum, according to CNN and the New York Times. Romney claimed at least 41 of the 54 delegates, according to the Associated Press.
Following the Illinois victory, Romney received a crucial endorsement from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who urged his fellow Republicans to end the primaries at once in favour of a Romney candidacy for president. Bush, the brother of one president and the son of another, has previously declined endorsing a candidate.
However, as the Globe and Mail’s Konrad Yakabuski points out, and several other commentators agree, the race is not over yet with 23 primaries to go, the next one in the southern state of Louisiana on Saturday, even if Romney seems to be inching closer.