John King on CNN is reporting preliminary reports from their exit poll. It looks like it is going to be a good day for Mitt Romney.
According to CNN, the cities and suburbs make up roughly 80% of Illinois Republicans voting today. That’s good news for Romney as their poll projects he’ll win almost half of those metro votes.
As is often the case, Santorum is running best with rural Republicans, but there aren’t that many of those voters in Illinois. Most Republicans in the Land of Lincoln are suburbanites and that has been Romney’s base this year. In terms of ideology, the exit poll reports that only about a quarter of Illinois Republicans call themselves “Very conservative,” while over 70% say they are either “moderate or somewhat conservative.” That is also good news for Romney.
Unless the exit poll is way, way off-base, it’s looking like a quick victory tonight for Mitt.