A look at Illinois, next battleground for GOP

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By The Associated Press, Associated Press

A profile of Illinois, latest battleground in the race for the Republican presidential nomination:

NUMBERS

Population: 12,869,257

AGE

Median age: 35.7

Percentage of population 65 and over: 12.5 percent

RACE

63.7 percent non-Hispanic white, 14.5 percent black, 4.6 percent Asian, 15.8 percent Hispanic or Latino origin

LANGUAGE

Language other than English spoken at home: 21.7 percent

EDUCATION

High school graduate: 86.2 percent

Bachelor's degree or higher: 30.3 percent

MONEY:

Median household income: $55,735

Persons below poverty level: 12.6 percent

Homeownership rate: 69.2 percent

2008 PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS

—General: Barack Obama, 61.9 percent; John McCain, 36.8 percent

—Democratic primary: Barack Obama, 64.7 percent; Hillary Clinton, 32.8 percent; John Edwards, 1.9 percent

—Republican primary: John McCain, 47.5 percent; Mitt Romney, 28.6 percent; Mike Huckabee, 16.5 percent

VOTES CAST BY PARTY, 2008

Republican, 899,422

Democratic, 2,038,614

ILLINOIS QUICK FACTS

—Illinois' Latino population grew by 32 percent between 2000 and 2010.

—Illinois has the highest high-school dropout rate in the nation.

—Two of its previous governors are now in federal prison.

—McLean County in central Illinois is the country's No. 1 producer of soybeans. North-central LaSalle County ranks first nationally in corn.

—Illinois has just under 7,000 units of local government, such as school districts, townships and cities. That's far more than any other state.

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