Romney declared winner of Illinois primary

Here is the full speech from Mitt Romney tonight after it was announced that he won the primary:

And here’s the speech from Rick Santorum as well:

Here’s an excerpt from Fox News:

It’s too early to say how the candidates will split up the 54 delegates up for grabs on Tuesday, but Romney will certainly be able to pad his lead in the overall delegate race.

Very early returns show Romney leading with 54 percent in Illinois, followed by Santorum with 28 percent. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are battling for third place.

The candidates head next to Louisiana, where polling shows Santorum has the edge, but the state is not worth as many delegates as Illinois.

A very neat, 360-degree photo of the Romney event setup for tonight:

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