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Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Santorum to spend Illinois primary night in Gettysburg, Pa.

Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) will deliver his Illinois presidential primary-night address from Gettysburg, Pa. — a move that suggests his campaign is not necessarily banking on a win in the Land of Lincoln on Tuesday.


Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), (Jim Young - Reuters)
Santorum will deliver remarks at the Gettysburg Hotel, according to his campaign. Spokesman Matt Beynon told the York Dispatch that Santorum’s camp chose the city for a “symbolic reason” but declined to elaborate.

One potential explanation: Gettysburg was the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, a three-day clash in which more than 45,000 died. The July 1863 battle was a Union victory that came to be regarded as a turning point in the war.

Four months later, in November 1863, the city was the site of Abraham Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address, in which the president honored the war dead and called on the living to dedicate themselves to the pursuit of “a new birth of freedom.”

While Santorum addresses supporters in Gettysburg, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) will host his primary-night party at the Renaissance hotel in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill.

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