Mike Huckabee Captures Kansas and Louisiana, John McCain Wins in Washington

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 8, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Mike Huckabee Captures Kansas and Louisiana, John McCain Wins in Washington

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 8,
2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The two leading Republican candidates who remain in the race for the GOP nomination split three states over the weekend. Mike Huckabee captured victories in the Kansas caucus and the Louisiana primary while John McCain won a narrow race over Huckabee and Ron Paul in Washington.

Huckabee started the weekend with a win in Kansas, where the statewide pro-life group Kansans for Life had endorsed him.

The former Arkansas governor came away with a commanding 60 to 24 percent win over McCain with 11 percent of the voters backing Paul and another 3 percent supporting Mitt Romney, who exited the race last week.

Huckabee also obtained a victory in the Louisiana Republican primary with a 43 to 42 percent victory over McCain. Romney received 7 percent of the vote and Paul 5 percent.

And in Washington’s caucus, with 87 percent of the vote counted, McCain finished with 26 percent to 24 percent for Huckabee. Paul received 21 percent there and Romney 16 percent.

Huckabee captured 36 delegates in Kansas and he and McCain will split the Louisiana and Washington delegates, which won’t help the governor catch the Senator in the race for 1,191 delegates to secure the nomination.

McCain’s campaign team congratulated Huckabee on the Kansas and Louisiana victories, but said the mathematical projections make it so Huckabee has very little chance of becoming the Republican nominee.

"The reality is that John McCain is the presumptive nominee of our party," campaign spokesman Brian Rogers told CNN. "We’ll campaign in these upcoming states as long as Gov. Huckabee is in the race, but our main focus is on uniting the Republican Party for victory in November."

However, Huckabee reconfirmed his plans to stay in the race until McCain makes the nomination official by achieving enough delegates.

"People across America are gravitating toward our campaign and realizing that there is still a choice. And that’s what we’ve said all along — that this race is far from being over," Huckabee said

Later, on CBS’ "Face the Nation," he added, "I’m not interested in being a running mate," when asked if he was competing only for a spot on the ticket with McCain.

"I know the pundits, and I know what they say: The math doesn’t work out," Huckabee said Saturday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. "Well, I didn’t major in math; I majored in miracles. And I still believe in those, too."