Oak Park and River Forest Republicans go for Romney in primary

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Oak Park and River Forest voters came out to support former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney last week in the Republican primary, mirroring statewide results.

In Oak Park, the Republican frontrunner captured about 53 percent (or 1,154 votes), doubling-up the next closest challenger. Hard-right conservative and former Pennsylvania U.S. senator Rick Santorum finished second in the village, capturing about 27 percent (or 594 votes). Ron Paul, a U.S. congressman from Texas, was a distant third, notching 281 or about 13 percent of Republican votes.

River Forest Republicans voted in a similar fashion with 960 votes cast in the primary. Romney led the way with about 65 percent of those voters, followed by Santorum at roughly 23 percent, and Paul at 7 percent.

Romney, Santorum and Paul finished first, second and third, respectively, in the overall Illinois State Primary on March 20.

—Marty Stempniak

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