First on CNN: Pro Santorum super PAC hits Illinois airwaves
March 15th, 2012
12:15 PM ET
3 years ago

First on CNN: Pro Santorum super PAC hits Illinois airwaves

Washington (CNN) – The super PAC supporting Rick Santorum Thursday bought $310,000 worth of air time in Illinois - fresh evidence that both his campaign and allies see the state as a key battleground.

Santorum's campaign had already purchased $122,000 of statewide cable time for ads beginning Thursday.

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The Red, White and Blue Fund's purchase is a first wave and more could come in the state, the group said.

Both Mitt Romney with $939,000 and the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future with $2.4 million are also on the air with major ad buys there.

A Chicago Tribune/WGN Poll earlier this week showed a tighter race in Illinois, which holds its primary next Tuesday, than some experts had anticipated. The survey showed Romney with 35% and Santorum not far behind with 31%.

Romney's campaign, which announced new endorsements of state leaders, scheduled an earlier stop in the state for Friday which is earlier than it was planning.

After several days of campaigning in Puerto Rico, Santorum will make stops in Illinois both on Friday and Saturday in between stops in Missouri, which holds its caucuses on Saturday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Illinois • Rick Santorum
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The smart money is on Romney. Santorum keeps shooting himself in the foot with the aid of the LSM. They are playing him like a fiddle. H eshould have smartened up by now.

    March 15, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    This will be an interesting state for MItt Romney to lose. If Santorum wants to win this state, he needs to focus on the Chicago suburbs. If Romney is going to win Illinois, that is where he will win it. Romney loses everything outside of Chicago.

    March 15, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    The smart money is on Romney. Santorum keeps shooting himself in the foot with the aid of the LSM. They are playing him like a fiddle.
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    Actually, Mitt Romney has been doing a better job at foot shooting lately. He ate some grits and his aim improved. I am sad to report that Romney has revealed himself to be an individual who has lived his life in a customized bubble, built to spec.

    March 15, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Logic N LA

    I'm surprised someone as backwards as Santorum would use something so new fangled as TV for advertising or that box that talks to people! Illinois- I know you're voting for Obama in November, but please don't let Santorum be the candidate running against him!

    March 15, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Those of you who agree or think sanatollah is the right man to be president. If this crazy religious zealot excuse for a human being actually "speaks his truth and mind" can you imagine what he is not saying?
    He would probably the first president taken outnod the white house in handcuffs to jail. This guy wants a dictatorship of do what I tell you and follow my beliefs. Yes, Satsn is in the US and he is sanatorium!!! I bet hitler, Mussolini, genghis khan, heck, binnladen should be proud!

    March 15, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. steve

    No more CHURH FREAK states left, he is now toast finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. JuanVonDinklus

    Keep throwing your money away on these candidates. Amazing to see the sheep jump over the cliff.

    March 15, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Thomas

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    The smart money is on Romney.

    Your idea of intelligence is letting greedy people free to manipulate the market and hope it all works out ?

    The smart money is on intelligence , the only intelligence the GOP has is that of the dinosaur. Or a cast system of economic design.

    March 15, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Jane

    @ Truth and Nothing But the Truth:

    The smart money is on Romney? LOL All that smart money adds up to lots of zeros with women. How smart was it for him to say what he'd do to Plan Parenthood? Worst yet, Doofus ended up walking it back fast. He can talk about all the delegate math he wants, Latinos left him, Vets left him, Seniors left him,,,,,,

    March 15, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |