Improving economy helps Obama get 2nd Illinois win
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois voters went to the polls Tuesday feeling better about their financial situation than they did four years ago, helping President Barack Obama clinch another resounding victory in his home state and a second term in Washington.
Obama won about 84 percent of the vote in Chicago and held on to the state's most populous suburban counties, though his margins were down slightly in his hometown and more sizably in the suburbs compared to 2008. Still, it was enough to win about 57.4 percent statewide over Republican Mitt Romney.
In exit polling, voters listed the economy as their highest priority, but most said their family's financial outlook — and the nation's overall — was better or the same as four years ago. And a majority pinned the blame for the nation's ongoing economic woes on the president's predecessor, George W. Bush, rather than Obama.
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