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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.

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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