Rutherford discusses Romney's popularity in a democratic Illinois

By WEEK Reporter

September 11, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Chairman for Illinois' Mitt Romney campaign, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, says he expects Romney's popularity downstate to help local candidates.

Rutherford was asked about how he defines success for Mitt Romney in Illinois.

"I am defining success by comparing where Barack Obama was in 2008 and where he is in 2012, and how that will lift Mitt Romney's numbers in parts of the state when it will help us elect the appropriate county board and legislative candidates we're trying to support," says Rutherford, (R- Illinois).

Although the state of Illinois is expected to go to President Obama in the November elections, Mitt Romney has made more stops in Illinois than President Obama has.

Romney's stops have mostly been for fundraisers.

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