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A Very Big Win for Mitt Romney

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Talking on air with a dozen of the conservative commentariat Tuesday night, the feeling is widespread that Mitt Romney’s win in Illinois is decisive, and that the race will now be recognized far and wide as over, even after Rick Santorum wins in Louisiana this weekend.

My brief assessement, one of many in a symposium, begins “Ohio State has still beaten Michigan in The Game seven out of the past eight years.” (You may also enjoy Rich Stowell’s rebuttal to the complaint that Romney has outspent his rivals.) Still, must thinking America’s call Michael Barone their own personal “decision desk,” so we await white smoke from Barone’s Washington Examiner column (but you can enjoy a bit of Barone here at Powerline talking with the estimable Hayward.)

Now the interesting question is whether Paul Ryan will endorse Romney before the Wisconsin primary. In the Veepstakes between the Wisconsin congressman, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Ohio Senator Rob Portman, a primary race-capping Ryan endorsement –or at least a huge hint– would be a big pivot the general.

Back to the airport and back to CA for Wednesday’s program. One interesting data point to watch for? New small donors to

Mitt Romney declares victory in Illinois


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