Local voters casting ballots in the Republican presidential primary on March 20 pretty much mirrored what was going on in the rest of Illinois, favoring former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney by a wide margin over his closest competitor, Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator.
In both Riverside and North Riverside, Romney came away with 56 percent of the vote. Santorum managed 25 percent of the vote in Riverside and 27 percent in North Riverside.
Ron Paul, a U.S. congressman from Texas, racked up 10 percent of the vote in both villages. The other GOP candidates on the ballot, including Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Charles “Buddy” Roemer, failed to crack double digits. Gingrich led the pack of also-rans with 7 percent in Riverside and 8 percent in North Riverside.
Meanwhile, in Brookfield, Santorum fared a bit better than in the other two villages, but still fell to Romney by 10 percentage points.
In Brookfield, Romney collected 40 percent of the vote to Santorum’s 30 percent. Paul finished third with 11 percent, followed by Gingrich at 7 percent.
Brookfield also was the only village of the three where Santorum won a precinct.
The hard-right conservative, who has hammered away at wedge issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and the extent to which religion should play a role in government, won in two adjacent precincts in central Brookfield – Proviso Township Precinct 27 and Lyons Township Precinct 45, an area roughly between Grant and Rochester avenues on the north and south and Prairie and Madison avenues on the east and west.