How about an extra dose of crazy this primary season?
With the Illinois presidential primary expected to be a tight race, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his backers are expected to spend millions on TV ads and other campaign costs by Tuesday’s election.
If Romney’s Illinois campaign had followed through with challenging the petitions of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s delegates, the scenario could have been much different.
Here are the facts:
Romney and his allies have already earmarked at least $ 3.4 million in their anti-Santorum carpet bombing effort. Indeed, the state has become do-or-die for Romney. If he wins it, as widely expected, he calms down his restless donors and his establishment backers. Think of it as another Michigan—winning it would quell the panic.
But if Romney loses it? All bets are off. The math may be tough for Santorum, but a quarter of all GOP delegates are unbound, and it would be tough for them to pass up Santorum if he begins running the board in this “second half” of the GOP nomination contest.
So Illinois has become a must-win state for Romney, and he could’ve done so by default. Read the details after the jump.