Puerto Rico Primary: U.S. Territory Votes

GOP candidates look for another victory before critical contest in Illinois.
2:01 | 03/18/12

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Transcript for Puerto Rico Primary: U.S. Territory Votes
Return now to politics in your voice your vote another Republican primary today this one and Puerto Rico the US territory cannot vote in the general elections but it is allowed to participate in the primaries with 23 delegates on the line. This comes right before this week's big prize that Tuesday's critical primary in Illinois so we want to turn to John Carl was filling in for George Stephanopoulos as host of ABC's this week. He's joining us from Washington John good to see this morning. Good to see you -- -- -- Puerto Rico Mitt Romney has support from the establishment there -- the backing of the government governor does -- guarantee him a win. Well it doesn't guarantee it but he -- looks like the prohibitive favorite in Puerto Rico you -- Romney. Has a crew -- string of victories -- in these island territory's. Slate along the northern Mary on his. American Samoa the British Virgin -- so he probably will continue that streak all these places that can't vote in the general election but they do have a few delegates. And Romney at this point is going after every single delegate yet. That's right every delegate counts as we mentioned all eyes are on Tuesday's Illinois primary Romney actually cut short his trip to Puerto Rico to campaign there are some 69 delegates up for grabs. How important is that -- and who's likely to come out the Victor. Well you know blood santorum's had a string of victories in the midwest so it -- you know he's. He's looking to continue that streak this is clearly. A wrong need a state this is a state weren't any polls we've seen Romney has got a lead. But it is a state -- Santorum is looking to do very well while rural areas of Illinois thinks he can run strong. And he can get upset Mitt Romney in Illinois it would be a big big boost for. Since you and I think this for his campaign and that of course we know that Gingrich and Santa -- focusing ahead to next Saturday's primary in Louisiana so this seems to continue. All right John we appreciate not only there it's not recovery -- -- -- times did OK thank you John. And be sure to join John laid on ABC's this week when he goes one on one with Rick Santorum and a broadcast exclusive.

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