Huckabee Lives!

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If the exit poll numbers are even close to right in the southern states, Mike Huckabee is going to emerge out of February 5th a player. From Stoller:

Huckabee (who already won West Virginia today):

   * Alabama: Huckabee 42 percent, McCain 33 percent, Romney 20 percent
   * Tennessee: Huckabee 34, McCain 28, Romney 23
   * Arkansas: Huckabee 33, McCain 21, Romney 19
   * Georgia: Huckabee 34 percent, Romney 31 percent, McCain 30 percent

Despite a lot of talk about a McCain-Huckabee alliance (drink!) word from MSNBC is that the McCain camp is NOT happy about the prospect of the three candidates' essentially splitting the states tonight. The upshot: while Huck splits the anti-McCain vote, it's also a sign that McCain is not able to consolidate the conservative vote and gives Romney more time to become the conservative alternative.

Rachel Maddow just put it well. The story out of tonight:

Huckabee lives!

Timmeh just said it's about bargaining power, I don't know, seems to me it's a matter of buying Romney time for the conservative message to spread throughout the country that McCain is not acceptable.

Tags: 2008 Presidential election, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Republican nomination (all tags)

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14 Comments

Re: Huckabee Lives!

its a three man race in the GOP

by falcon4e 2008-02-05 02:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Huckabee Lives!

Holy crap.  Maybe they won't have a nominee before we do...

by randym77 2008-02-05 02:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Huckabee Lives!

Is it better or worse to have a formidable Huckabee still kicking around?  Does this suggest that it is more likely McCain would woo him for VP?

by rfahey22 2008-02-05 02:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Huckabee Lives!

Fine with me.  It undercuts McCain's "maverick" persona, which is all he's got going for him.

by danielj 2008-02-05 03:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Huckabee Lives!

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Huckabee?!?!

May I repeat: Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!

by Oregonian 2008-02-05 03:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Huckabee Lives!

I would think Romney would be the most acceptable compromise candidate if the 3-way scenario played out through the primaries.

by danielj 2008-02-05 03:00PM | 0 recs
Go Huckles!


A brokered convention is still possible.

I like it that both Mittens and McDoubletalk remain very unpopular in the South. Seems to me, Obama might just win some Southern states if enough Republicans sit out the election. Huckles would have won South Carolina, too, but for Fred Thompson.

Whatcha gonna do, Brother--when Huckamania destroys YOU?!

by admiralnaismith 2008-02-05 03:00PM | 0 recs
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Go Huckster Go!

We need to run against this guy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8tVbH5Nf vQ

by dannybauder 2008-02-05 03:00PM | 0 recs
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Dare I dream that either the  Huckster or Mittens might still win the GOP nomination?  Either would be great to run against.  

by HSTruman 2008-02-05 03:01PM | 0 recs
Edwards

was briefly in second behind Clinton in Alabama. That made my day!   :)

by kevin22262 2008-02-05 03:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Huckabee Lives!

Huckabee actually saved Romney by diminishing the McCain surge.

by nzubechukwu 2008-02-05 03:06PM | 0 recs
i like rachel maddow

she should have her own show.

by highgrade 2008-02-05 03:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Huckabee Lives!

Kind of embarrassing for Sean Hannity, who said Huckabee had no reason to still be in the race today on the radio, and basically accused him of colluding with McCain.

At this rate, Romney is more likely than Huck to drop out after today, and conservatives might be more likely to rally around Huckabee to try to stop McCain.

by Lex 2008-02-05 04:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Huckabee Lives!

Don't worry though -- McCain will be easy to beat in November.  The GOP base doesn't like him, and you just need to play the "100 years in Iraq" tape on a few commercials.

by Lex 2008-02-05 04:42PM | 0 recs

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