(CNN)— Mike Huckabee, who racked up nearly as many wins as his GOP rivals Tuesday, told CNN reports of his campaign’s demise may have been greatly exaggerated.
“Every time we win something, somebody tries to figure out a way to explain it away,” Huckabee told CNN’s Campbell Brown.
The former Arkansas governor exceeded expectations Tuesday, and Huckabee said his campaign had instilled hope in all the underdogs of the world.
“I have spent my life coming up from the bottom,” says Huckabee, and “there are a lot of people in American who want to believe they too can go from deep in the hole to the top of the mountain in their own lives.”
Huckabee’s delegate count remains far behind that of Republican presidential frontrunner John McCain.
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–CNN's Emily Sherman
(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton can thank Latino and Asian voters for her projected victory in California. Early exit polls indicate that Sen. Barack Obama carried white voters in California because of his overwhelming support among white men. White women, as in other states, more often supported Clinton. Black voters overwhelmingly favored Obama but Asian voters, whose numbers are comparable to blacks, went overwhelmingly for Clinton. The deciding factor may have been Latinos, who make up roughly 30 percent of California's Democratic vote. They went for Clinton by a two-to-one margin.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, exit polls show Latino and Asian Republicans may also have played an important part in John McCain's victory in the GOP primary. Mitt Romney led among white Republican voters but McCain led among Latinos and Asians, the second- and third-largest voting blocs behind whites among California Republicans.
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(CNN) - Mike Huckabee has clearly done well tonight, largely thanks to Southern conservatives. But a closer look into the exit polls show the former Arkansas governor's conservative support largely evaporates beyond the South.
According to our exit polls, Huckabee beat Romney among all Southern conservatives, 41 percent to 28 percent. McCain came in third among Southern conservatives, with 25 percent.
But beyond the Southern states, Huckabee falls into a distant third for conservative support. Among non-Southern conservatives, Romney beats McCain, 44 percent to 33 percent. Huckabee is all the way back at 16 percent.
Translation: Huckabee is a regional candidate.
- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider
(CNN) - An interesting dynamic is at play in California: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in a tight race, even though Obama is beating Clinton there among both white voters and black voters.
According to our exit polls, Obama is beating Clinton among whites, 49 percent to 43 percent, and among blacks, 81 percent to 16 percent.
How is Clinton in contention? She's overwhelmingly winning among Latinos and Asians. Two-thirds of California Latinos prefer Clinton, while three-fourths of the state’s Asians support her.
Latinos and Asians just may carry the state for her.
–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider