Can Santorum Win Illinois?

Mar 14 2012 @ 1:49pm

A reader argues no:

The reason? Republican women voters in the collar counties around Chicago who will not support a rabidly-anti-choice candidate. This was proved in our last gubernatorial election, where the wishy-washy and unpopular Democrat who took over when Rod Blagojevich was indicted, Pat Quinn, beat strident anti-choice Republican Bill Brady (who had won a tight three-way Republican primary). At the same time, that rarest of beasts, moderate Republican Mark Kirk, beat Democrat Alexi Giannulias for Obama’s old Senate seat. Analysis showed that collar-county Republican women split their vote, for Kirk and against Brady, based largely on the choice issue. Downstate hard-core social conservatives (Copperhead country in the Civil War) do not have the numbers to overcome pro-choice women in the northeast of the state.

Meanwhile, Mickey wept.