More than a year ago, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) wanted to make Illinois significant in the selection of a Republican presidential nominee. To do so, he invited Republicans around the state to participate in a straw poll to give Illinois' input to national Republican leaders, according to Patch.
This spring, Kirk, from Highland Park, is getting his wish for Illinois votes to count.
Republicans have not yet gotten behind a consensus candidate for president, which means Illinois' March 20 primary election will matter as the party decides its nominee, GOP leaders told Patch.
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