(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee thanked his supporters and congratulated South Carolina's apparent GOP primary winner Sen. John McCain for running "a civil and a good and a decent campaign."
"The two of us who finished at the top ran a campaign of civility without attacking each other," Huckabee said. "I'd rather be where I am and to have gotten here with honor than to have won with the dishonor of attacking other candidates."
However, he added, the GOP presidential race "is not an event, it is a process - and the process is far, far from over."