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More 2012: Early voting down in Illinois?

ILLINOIS: NPR previewed the Illinois GOP primary with Rep. Peter Roskam.

The L.A. Times looks at how a Santorum win in Illinois could change the winds of the race.

The Chicago Tribune says turnout is expected to be low Tuesday. And: “The early voting figures could prove troubling for a Romney campaign that had promoted its organizational strength in Illinois, including its get-out-the-vote efforts. Romney has done well in suburban areas in other major states and had been expected to do the same in the Chicago suburbs while Santorum enjoyed the backing of more conservative rural voters.”

INDIANA: Sen. Richard Lugar was found ineligible to vote in Indiana because of residency issues. He’s appealing the decision.

MAINE: “At least nine candidates will be in the race for retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe's (R-Maine) Senate seat, according to a count by The Hill, including six Republicans, two Democrats and an independent.”

NEW YORK: Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) won’t run for reelection. “[I]n a redistricting map likely to become law, his district was essentially dismantled and his home was drawn into the same district as Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,” Roll Call writes.

OREGON: A Republican debate in Oregon has been called off given that Romney will not participate.

UTAH: Sen. Orrin Hatch was encouraged by early signs at yesterday’s precinct caucuses that could determine his fate. “All told, more than 125,000 Republicans flooded into their party caucuses Thursday, more than doubling the record set last year,” the Salt Lake Tribune reports. “After 36 years, Hatch was facing perhaps his gravest political threat, but spent more than a year fighting back, mobilizing supporters to attend the caucuses and by early and anecdotal reports, appears to have fared well.”