(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