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Romney, Santorum, Gingrich or Paul? Tell Us Your Pick

Republican turnout was high for Early Voting in suburban Cook County. Take the Patch primary poll, and tell your neighbors who deserves your primary vote.

Cook County's suburban Republicans cast 44 percent more Early Voting ballots for the March 20 presidential primary than during Early Voting in 2008, according to the Cook County Clerk's Office

Nearly 4,400 more Republicans participated during this Early Voting period, which ended Thursday, than did four years ago. GOP voters represented 38.6 percent of all early voting ballots cast, up from 19.4 percent in 2008.

With a contentious race among Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, the outcome of the Illinois GOP primary will matter in the march to a nominee. Democratic Early Voting participation dropped 45 percent when compared with the last presidential election.

With 2,477 ballots cast, the Orland Park Early Voting site was the busiest in suburban Cook County. Ballots cast at sites in South Suburban Patchland include: Matteson (1,925); Oak Lawn (1,005); Palos Heights (982); Chicago Heights (746); Oak Forest (687).

Throughout Cook County, 36,972 ballots were cast, and the vast majority — 71 percent — of early voters were older than 55. Only 7 percent of early voters were ages 18 to 34. Women made up 54 percent of all early voters.

A We Ask America poll shows Romney the preferred choice in Illinois, according to Fox News.

Romney had the support of 37 percent on Wednesday. Rick Santorum earned 31 percent of the vote.

The third-largest group of voters chose Newt Gingrich at 14 percent, 10 percent were undecided and 8 percent voted for Ron Paul.


What would you say to a friend or neighbor about which candidate deserves their vote? Share in the comments.

Michael M. April 03, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I bet Craig is a Republican
Craig April 03, 2012 at 10:27 PM
oBama is tha bomb man idk what u guys think but he's the best. He did somethin wit dem cars, he got a body builder wife (actually dats NASTYY), he's black, and he don't see Russia out his window hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Michael M. April 03, 2012 at 10:28 PM
That's useful Craig
Craig April 03, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Wut u talkin bout? R u trying to pick on me cus I'm younger thn u or somethin. Man thts bogus. I can tell u why I'm a deMoCrAt and why I do not like them boys runnin 4 republic pres.
Craig April 03, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Sara paylin did duh do u not watch the news u moron
Craig April 03, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I drink koolaid is dere a problem here
Michael M. April 03, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Who did see Russia out a window?
Michael M. April 03, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I watch the news, but you watch too much TV. She never said it. That was Tina Fey who said it while playing Sarah Palin in a SNL skit. She said that you can see Russian land from Alaska, which is true. I am not much into name calling, but back at ya!! http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brad-wilmouth/2009/11/18/abc-brings-i-can-see-russia-my-backyard-palin-interview http://www.examiner.com/progressive-politics-in-national/mythbusters-sarah-palin-can-t-see-russia-from-her-house
Michael M. April 03, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I stand corrected, your a Dem. It figures.
Craig April 03, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Obama care rUles!!!!!!!
Michael M. April 03, 2012 at 10:40 PM
craig, have you ever heard of this saying-"It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people THINK you're a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
Craig April 03, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Maaaaaan evry1 I no thnks she a joke cus she sees that out her window hahaha. Sara is lyk nerg I cun see Russia nd I talk funny. Man Obama talks legit. He my hero man maybe I can be a black president too man that would be so cool lyk I cud fly around on da special air plane and do lots of cool stuff and give Otha black kids hope just like how Obama gave me hope he is smart and a great persun man he's th best Lyk who doesn't wanna be tha pres but lyk he the first black guy so now I no I hav a chance n dat makes me real happy he is a inspirAtion
Craig April 03, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Wut u tryn to say
Craig April 03, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Hey guys guess wut I'm turnin 18 next month I'm excited 2 vote yall no who I'm gona vote for O B A M A !!!!!!!!!!!!!! u shud all vote tha same :-D He is my hero
K April 04, 2012 at 12:29 AM
The young people like Craig are the reason that we are in the mess that we are in, with Obama as president. I would like to think that the young people just haven't lived long enough to know better. What is wrong with the rest of you! Remember that the word "RAT" is in democrat.
Sara Waters April 04, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Funny. I am not available. I just like people who think with a voice of reason.
Sara Waters April 04, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Dave W - live by one single rule: Never argue with an idiot, they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. :o)
Sara Waters April 04, 2012 at 01:46 AM
K - I notice you righties love to use his middle name. You are aware he did not name himself aren't you? What's your middle name? Is it Debbie? What if there was a serial killer named Debbie....maybe we should start acting like you are a horrible person cause your parents gave you a name. That's just non sense.
Dave W. April 04, 2012 at 02:01 AM
K, I honestly think 'Craig' is a plant. He is a bit too over the top to be a real person, even a seventeen year old neophyte. He is playing on your worst stereotypes, and you have fallen right into his trap. We 'survived' eight years of bad, unfunded wars (only time in our history we had a tax CUT while at war), stock market crashes, the banking debacle (which was written by Phil Gramm and signed by Clinton, then overseen by little Bush), the housing collapse (parts of which were started by at least three different presidents), a huge terrorist attack on American soil (the hunt for it's mastermind called off when he was cornered, oddly...), the greatest job loss since the Great Depression (also started by a Republican't, just for point of fact), and in general the transfer of countless industries, not to say the accompanying job overseas as the last president told us all to become a service economy. He told us to spend our credit to stimulate the economy, gave us a tax refund we didn't ask for that wasn't paid for, broke down the wall between church and state (always a bad idea), and oversaw the rewriting of the bankruptcy laws so that AFTER everybody ran up their credit cards like 'good' Americans, they would have an exponentially harder time getting out of debt with no job and no relief. If THAT is Bush being Patriotic, I wonder for which country. Russia, where he looked into Putin's eyes and saw the man's soul"? Saudi Arabia, where his family's friends run the country?
Sara Waters April 04, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Craig - seriously, it's getting old.
Stones April 04, 2012 at 02:06 AM
K, can't you see that Craig is just messing with people trying to have a legitimate conversation. We might also take you more seriously if not for childish comments like "rat" in Democrat. As someone who has voted for every Republican presidential candidate since my first election in 1980, nonsense from the far right are pushing right leaning moderates like myself to vote for President Obama. Considering where we were in 2008, he's doing a very good job in office.
Dave W. April 04, 2012 at 02:08 AM
That might be like winning a tallest midget or most honest politician award, though...
Sara Waters April 04, 2012 at 02:20 AM
In all serious: Why are Republicans so angry? Whenever I have to do work and be around them, I usually have to put my iPod on to drown out the anger. Otherwise just listening to it makes me all sad when I get home cause it's so much anger.
K April 04, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Stones is drinking the kool-aid too, funny!
Dave W. April 04, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Bob, you are right that the housing bubble wasn't strictly Bush's fault...it was partially his fault, but it was also the faulkt of every president since Carter (http://www.ffiec.gov/cra/), along with every member of Congress who voted for the CRA, the GLB (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramm%E2%80%93Leach%E2%80%93Bliley_Act) and the CFMA in 2000 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodity_Futures_Modernization_Act_of_2000). Each one made things progressively worse by stripping away necessary regulation that kept bad financing out of the housing industry. Unfettered, unregulated lending to bad clients in turn sold on the hunch it MIGHT make money crushed the housing bubble under it's own weight. Combined then with an overcredit-laden public depending on less jobs that made less money with less (or no) benefits and there was no way this disater would not have happened. Has the president done as much as he should have, especially when he had a Democratic-controlled Congress in place early? No. Did W. do ANYTHING at all to stop what was happening the last half of his term? No. Will obstructionist Republicans do ANYTHING to help the country until after the next fall election? No. See, under Bush, they KNEW they were watching the ship run into the iceberg, they just thought it would stay afloat long enough for the next guy (even if it was McCain) to go down with the ship. The bubble burst too fast, and Hank Paulson had to save his friends...so the did...to our detriment.
Dave W. April 04, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Bob, you are right that the housing bubble wasn't strictly Bush's fault...it was partially his fault, but it was also the fault of every president since Carter (http://www.ffiec.gov/cra/), along with every member of Congress who voted for the CRA, the GLB (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramm%E2%80%93Leach%E2%80%93Bliley_Act) and the CFMA in 2000 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodity_Futures_Modernization_Act_of_2000). Each one made things progressively worse by stripping away necessary regulation that kept bad financing out of the housing industry. Unfettered, unregulated lending to bad clients in turn sold on the hunch it MIGHT make money crushed the housing bubble under it's own weight. Combined then with an overcredit-laden public depending on less jobs that made less money with less (or no) benefits and there was no way this disater would not have happened. Has the president done as much as he should have, especially when he had a Democratic-controlled Congress in place early? No. Did W. do ANYTHING at all to stop what was happening the last half of his term? No. Will obstructionist Republicans do ANYTHING to help the country until after the next fall election? No. See, under Bush, they KNEW they were watching the ship run into the iceberg, they just thought it would stay afloat long enough for the next guy (even if it was McCain) to go down with the ship. The bubble burst too fast, and Hank Paulson had to save his friends...so the did...to our detriment.
K April 04, 2012 at 02:35 AM
When November comes, we won't have to be so angry anymore. Right now it is hard not to be aggravated by the person trying to run our country. It is such a joke.
Sara Waters April 04, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Abbey - no one is trying to get you mad. I think you have more than enough anger for everyone on here. I was making a post. You were commenting as if no other president served only 1 term in office. I just brought up a recent one for you. I loved GHWB. I thought he was a great President.
Stones April 04, 2012 at 03:06 AM
No kook-aid, just rational thought with out vile partisan nonsense from either party. Just sift through the facts and make decisions based on that. What I do know for sure, is that too far left or too far right are dangerous places to be. Near the middle, where most voters are will decide the election, just like they always do.
Dave W. April 04, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Lots of reasons, depending on the individual ideology of the person...some of it is racism, some of it is strict party lines, some of it is social issues, some fiscal concerns. The more hard core extreme of each party is always more angry though. Also, they have more outlets for misinformation. They can blame the 'liberal media' all day long, but they virtually monopolize talk radio, and have the biggest voice in cable 'news' (MSNBC is SLIGHTLY more credible than FOX, but that isn't saying anything, really). They have the Wall Street Journal, although it's influence has steadily waned since being taken over by Murdoch, and in general a lot of big time financial publications. So, being inundated with various sources of various degrees of truth, they take the low hanging fruit, which is often the loudest idiot with the biggest soapbox. Since loudest isn't a guarantee of being the smartest, they listen to Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, etc. go to work or arrive home all hopped up on anger juice and vent to everyone around them. Also, a recent study showed that in general, conservatives aren't quite as bright: http://news.yahoo.com/low-iq-conservative-beliefs-linked-prejudice-180403506.html So...that might contribute to it, although that is rife with generalization on all sides. There are angry liberals/Democrats too, but they are probably all too stoned and picking out a Prius to fight anybody, right?

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