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Claar is Romney's 11th Congressional District Delegate

Delegates will go to the national nominating conventions where they will vote on the nominee for president.

Mayor Roger Claar is one of 108 convention delegates pledged to support presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Claar, a prominent Republican in the area, will serve as Romney's 11th Congressional District delegate. 

Jan. 6 was the last day for the 2012 GOP presidential campaigns to file their delegates with the state Board of Elections.

Illinois State University political science professor Bob Bradley said the delegate slates help gauge the strength of a campaign, if not the candidate.  

"That's why you pay attention to these filings," Bradley said. "You have to see who is on these delegate lists. They could be the next up-and-comers in the party. You also get a sense of who is important." 

The delegates, chosen from each of the Illinois' 18 Congressional Districts in the March primary, will go to the national nominating conventions where they will vote on the nominee for president. This year, the conventions will be held in August in Tampa, FL, for the Republicans and September in Charlotte, N.C., for the Democrats. 

Illinois Republicans will send 108 delegates in all, but only 54 will vote for a presidential candidate. The other 54 will serve as alternates. Democrats will send 123 to their convention for President Barack Obama. 

Delegates are elected individually from each of the state's 18 congressional districts. Voters have to chose the delegate by name; a vote for the candidate is not counted as a vote for that candidate's delegates.   

Romney's campaign was the first of the GOP candidates to file its list of supporters. The campaign for the former Massachusetts governor also filed a full slate of 54 delegates and 54 alternates.   

Romney's Illinois campaign chairman and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford said he was first in line Tuesday with his slate of supporters.  

Joining Rutherford and Claar on the Romney team are state Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, state Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, and state Rep. Rich Brauer, R-Petersburg.  

Bradley said people selected to be delegates are known commodities in the political world, but he adds that "going to a convention is a cool perk." 

But the conventions, Bradley said, will not decide the candidates. The race for the GOP nomination will probably be over long before the August convention, he said.  

"You have one or two candidates who stay in the race no matter what," Bradley said. "But for the most part the race will be over by the Super Tuesday primary." 

Super Tuesday is the multi-state primary on March 6. Voters in Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota,  Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia go to the polls and select the GOP presidential nominee.

For more information in Illinois delegates, CLICK HERE.

Editor's Note: Information from an Illinois Statehouse News article was used in this report. 

Kimmy f January 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Romney is a moderate or left wing Republican like Claar so its no surprise that Claar has pledged his support. The problem we have is that these moderates will continue the Bush Style policies of high spending and lackluster cuts so there will be no improvement. We are at 100% debt to GDP now so something has to give.
Maddy January 10, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Are you claiming that the current administration is not high spending?????
Nick Beam January 10, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Every administration is high spending, because we let them
N/A January 10, 2012 at 09:36 PM
It's still shocking to hear that the country's at 100% debt to GDP. We are in scary times.
Kimmy f January 11, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Absolutely not. The current administration has increased the debt by nearly 50% in 4 years, My point is that the alternatives are not that much better. Romney is an establishment Republican who also believes in high spending and a socialist style agenda. Illinois Republicans are the same because they do not know any better. As I recall Bolingbrook has a 500% debt to GDP Ratio.and its managed by left wing Republicans similar to Romney. We are in deep trouble on the National, State and Local level.

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