Rutherford: Illinois Could Go Red For Romney In 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois’ electoral votes haven’t gone to a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, but state Treasurer Dan Rutherford thinks 2012 could turn Illinois red once again.

Rutherford chairs presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s primary campaign in Illinois. Rutherford is confident about his candidate’s chances here, but he cautions a lot of steps must be taken before the national convention in Florida. He says Romney has, so far, not wasted time in connecting with Illinois voters.

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“Gov. Romney was just here with us in May, I spent a full day and a half with him. He will be back again,” Rutherford said. “We need, No. 1, the delegates to go with Mitt Romney, and after that we’ll start to put together the strategy for the general election.”

Rutherford says he’s not concerned by Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann’s close proximity to Romney in public opinion polls, because polls don’t elect presidents.

Rutherford says Romney, unlike Bachmann, has well established name recognition, a solid fundraising base, and is focused more on the economy than any other issue – something Rutherford thinks will play well in Illinois.

  • Curt

    OK…so Rutherford needs to go! Seriously dude… really think that Obama’s home state is going to go red? Clearly, you are delusional and we don’t need that in politics……pack your bags

  • NWA

    An Illinois Republican’s Dream.


  • tom Sharp

    Dan obviously forgot about the 500,000 ghost votes in the river wards!

  • Steve

    Am I blue boo hoo hoo. First Obama now Quinn. What next?

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  • swizzle

    no true patriot would vote republican, remember it was the republicans that founded, funded, armed and trained al Qaida, the Taliban and South American terrorists, and sent weapons to iran.

  • heyatoya

    A republicon to focus on the economy? WOW now thats a CON JOB. WHO SANK THE ECONOMY from 2001 to 2009? Who voted to increase the debt ceiling 7 times from 2001 to 2007? In case you don’t remember CBS it was the REPUBLICONS! God forbid these criminals get their hands on total control of this country again as it will be the end.

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