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Romney, Santorum lay groundwork for furious finish in Illinois

MOLINE, Ill.—The leading contenders in the Republican presidential race spent Sunday laying the groundwork for a furious if not acrimonious final push for votes heading into tomorrow’s Illinois primary.

Mitt Romney caravaned from the Quad Cities to Rockford to north suburban Vernon Hills. Rick Santorum’s campaign worked to raise doubts about Romney’s conservative credentials, while Romney continued to question his rival’s ability to help fix the nation’s economy.

“Sen. Santorum, I think, has the same characteristic as the president in terms of his background,” Romney told a crowd of more than 200 people at an American Legion hall pancake breakfast in Moline. “He spent his life in government. Nothing wrong with that. But right now we need somebody who understands the economy fundamentally.”

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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