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    Illinois primary open

    Illinois primary open

    Adam Kinzinger, a first term Congressman who was backed by Eric Cantor, defeated 10-term incumbent Don Mazullo.  Kinzinger had won election in 2010 with the support of Tea Party groups, but many conservative / Tea Party groups supported Mazullo in the new district which pitted two Republican incumbents.  Perhaps readers can explain this in the comments.

    With 87% reporting, Romney 47%, Santorum 35, Paul 9, Gingrich 8.

    Good interview of Newt on Hannity here.

    Fox called the race for Romney at around 8:40.  The real question will be the delegate split and how close the vote is.

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    Polls close at 8 p.m. Eastern.  A Romney win seems to be expected.  I’ll update results at some point; more frequently if it is unexpectedly close.

    In the meantime, Stanley Fish in The NY Times issues a call to arms to go after opponents  without regard to double standards or any sense of “fairness,” in his case justifying the war on Limbaugh but not the war on Maher:

    I know the objections to what I have said here. It amounts to an apology for identity politics. It elevates tribal obligations over the universal obligations we owe to each other as citizens. It licenses differential and discriminatory treatment on the basis of contested points of view.  It substitutes for the rule “don’t do it to them if you don’t want it done to you” the rule “be sure to do it to them first and more effectively.” It implies finally that might makes right. I can live with that.

    Sounds like The NY Times is promoting incivility. Bookmark Fish’s column.

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    OcTEApi | March 21, 2012 at 4:22 am

    This is nothing but pure marxist political theory directly from the NYT…

    …the proletariat must rise up, cast off the chains of bourgeois oppression, seize the means of production as well as political power.

    -narfle the garthog!

    I cast my primary vote for Newt at 6:00 PM CST. He is the only conservative worth his salt.

    @Cynic and @SteveWhiteMD

    I’m right next door to where Adam got elected last time around, and I have to say, it is possible that part of what got Adam past this Primary hump was anger that the IL Dems did their best to oust a popular Republican who was on the leadership committee.

    As for me? I’m just glad that my Rep is no longer someone I’m ashamed of – Schock instead of Johnson. Seriously, I hated Gary with a passion.

    However, while I support Newt more than the rest, I could only bring myself to vote for 3 of his 4 main delegates (and all 4 of his alternates).

    Why wouldn’t I vote for the 4th one? Last name of LaHood. I can’t vote for anything with that last name…

    Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom on Wednesday said the general election would practically be a blank slate for Romney.

    “It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch — you shake it all up and start over again,” he told CNN of the general election.


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