Even though there may not be much of a presidential race by primary day, Illinois’ Republican Party chairman is optimistic that the likely nominee will do some campaigning here between now and March 20. “I think Gov. (Mitt) Romney will be through (Illinois) in March,” said Pat Brady. “In those states that are considered battleground states, the Republicans are doing much better than the Democrats,” Brady says, “We are substantially beating the Democrats nationally in registered voters;” that is, in states where voters must identify by party.
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Brady says he is supporting the former Massachusetts governor as, Brady believes, the best choice to oust President Obama. The 2008 primary was moved to Feb. 2 from the customary March date, in light of then-Sen. Obama's candidacy. Now it’s back to March, and Brady doesn’t mind – the later the better, he says.