Santorum: If I Win Illinois, I Win the Nomination

The former Pennsylvania senator makes a bold prediction in a state Romney is expected to win.

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GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum is predicting that if he wins the Illinois primary this Tuesday, he will win the GOP nomination, according to NBC News.

The former Pennsylvania senator made the bold declaration while campaigning in the state on Saturday. "If we're able to come out of Illinois with a huge or surprise win, I guarantee you ... that we will win this nomination," he said.

The prediction is bold indeed, considering that he trails Romney by 243 delegates and Illinois awards only 69. It is also a tough test for Santorum because Romney is expected to take the state and currently holds the lead. Romney is expected to take the wealthier Chicago area, while Santorum is expected to take the more conservative, working-class southern Illinois.

"You know you don't get a chance to out-vote your friends up in the Chicago-land area very often, but this is a primary, and turnout is everything," the candidate said in the warehouse of a local business in Effingham, just hours south of Chicago.

Read more at NBC News.

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