“Cook and the collar counties are a lock for Obama”
No way, Jose, are the collar counties a lock for Obama, and I believe much more than you think in Cook County will go for Romney. The City of Chicago will vote overwhelmingly for Obama, but the surrounds, not so much, and most of the collar counties, not at all. I live in a collar county, DuPage, and it will vote overwhelmingly for Romney. So will Lake County, most of Will County, almost all of the collar counties will be pro Romney. Mark my woids, you heard it hear foist (a little Chicago lingo).
I'm in Lake County and worked in the Walsh campaign in 2010.
We have active and enthusiastic Tea Party groups up here and we are networking in the rural/ semi-rural towns. There is a huge consensus to vote out BO.
If the turnout is low in Chicago, I think we actually have a chance to take Illinois.
Point noted but 50+ years of living in IL tell me that it will take a miracle for IL to go for anyone other than Obama.
As for downstate being red. Sure it is for the most part. But then there are counties like Macoupin where I grew up that might as well be Cook County. All, and I mean ALL, of the farmers vote Democrat. The businesses they frequent and support vote the same way or lose the business of the farmers.
My parents had a friend who ran for county office. She was a registered Republican, worked for a Republican legislator from another district, and in order to even have a chance in her own county ran for office as a Democrat - with the adivce and blessing of her boss.