Even as the third month of the GOP nominating battle nears a close with no end imminent, only around 3 in 10 Illinois voters said they want the race to end as fast as possible, even if their own candidate loses. Some Republicans have expressed worries that the length of the campaign has hurt the party's chances of defeating Obama because of the intense, repeated criticism the GOP contenders have fired at each other.
The survey of 1,621 Illinois voters was conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research. Interviews were conducted as voters left their polling places Tuesday at 35 randomly selected sites. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius and AP reporters Michelle Nealy in Wheaton and Don Babwin in Chicago contributed to this report.
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