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GOP Hopefuls Bypass the Southland

On primary night, Mitt Romney made it as far south as Wheaton, where he visited with children from the neighborhood. Who was the last GOP presidential candidate to visit the Southland? Tell us and win a Patch t-shirt.

Mitt Romney, awaiting the results of Illinois' Republican presidential primary, stopped in Wheaton for an unpublicized private reception Tuesday night. Romney greeted children and other neighbors who gathered outside waving American flags and chanting “Mitt for President!” as he arrived.

Wheaton Patch editor Charlotte Eriksen caught up with him.

Neighbors said they received notice of the event earlier this week. Romney then headed to Schaumburg for his Illinois election night party. Romney also stopped in Vernon Hills and Rosemont during the campaign. 

, and also visited Lake in the Hills and Palatine. Rick Santorum put in appearances in Arlington Heights and Mundelein.

None of the candidates made it south of Interstate 55, however. Why waste the time in a Dem-heavy stronghold?

At about 8 p.m., Fox News and NBC projected Mitt Romney as the winner of the Illinois GOP primary.

When and where was the last time a Republican presidential candidate made a stop anywhere in the Chicago Southland? The first person with the correct answer in the comments will get a Patch t-shirt.

Sue Bertram March 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Maybe USMC ment "morons"??? Most of us learned in 4th grade that religions are proper nouns and begin with a capital letter. Or, he just missed 4th grade and that would help explain his thought process.
Tom March 24, 2012 at 05:59 AM
The Sgt should make sure his brain is running smoothly before he puts his mouth in gear.
Dean Casper March 24, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Pat Robertson came to Homewood in the 1988 primary. GWH Bush had a rally at the Mayfield Banquet Hall in Oct 1988
Dean Casper March 24, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Pat Buchanan had rallies on SW side and attended fundraiser in 92 at Palos CC. I WAS AN ORGANIZER
Tom March 26, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Tony, open your eyes. Dean said SW.

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