Huckabee targets vice-presidency after winning two more states
Monday 11 February 2008
John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, found himself sternly rebuked by a broad range of conservative and evangelical voters over the weekend, after losing two out of three states expressing nominee preferences on Saturday to the only other rival still standing in the race, Mike Huckabee.
In a shock outcome, Mr Huckabee convincingly won caucuses in Kansas with a margin of 60 per cent to just 24 per cent for Mr McCain, who, since emerging as the virtually unassailable front-runner has been struggling to woo wary conservatives.
While catching up to Mr McCain's delegate count remains virtually impossible, Mr Huckabee, who performed well in southern states on Super Tuesday, has again demonstrated he has a robust following. He also won Louisiana on Saturday, though the state's delegates will remain officially uncommitted because he fell short of a 50 per cent threshold. In Washington, Mr McCain prevailed, but barely, by 26 per cent to 24 per cent.
"We both made our case, and ours seemed to sell pretty well," Mr Huckabee said. "While people in Washington and insiders continue to maybe gravitate to the senator's campaign, people across America are gravitating to our campaign and realising there is a choice." A former pastor, Mr Huckabee continues to draw evangelicals. He also performed well, according to exit polls, among voters who said sharing "values" with the candidate was important. He has little money left and little grassroots organisation. His folksy style continues to help, however.
Addressing a convention of conservatives meeting in Washington DC on Saturday even before the results came in, Mr Huckabee said that he was not put off by Mr McCain's daunting delegate lead. "I didn't major in math," he told an enthusiastic audience. "I majored in miracles and I still believe in them."
While Mr Huckabee's decision to remain in the race may be exasperating to Mr McCain and his supporters, there may be a more important purpose to it: to garner enough support to make it all but impossible for Mr McCain not to pick him as his running mate.
- 4 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 5 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
Mysterious 'X-Files' sounds heard miles above the Earth
Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Who should I vote for in the general election? Take The Independent's interactive quiz to find out which party is the right choice for you
General election: Conservatives mocked online over Boris Johnson's claim of SNP 'jockalypse'
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
General Election 2015: Sturgeon claims Scots 'appalled' by Ed Miliband's refusal to work with SNP
£35000 - £40000 per annum + car and benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000 ...
£35000 - £50000 per annum + generous bonus: Ashdown Group: Business Analytics ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Dev...