NEW YORK (CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won the West Virginia State Party Convention, the first Republican presidential nominating contest of "Super Tuesday."
Huckabee was victorious on the second ballot.
Huckabee picked up 18 national convention delegates after trailing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on the first round of balloting. It appeared as though supporters of Arizona Sen. John McCain, who placed a distant third on the first ballot, moved over to Huckabee, helping him to carry the day.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul did not collect enough votes to advance past the first round. Paul, Huckabee, and Romney addressed the convention earlier in the day.
UPDATE: Huckabee spokesman Jim Pinkerton has released the following statement:
“Mike Huckabee is the best communicator in the party—in the country. If people get to know him, they will vote for him. Just as they did in West Virginia. Which, of course, has a great tradition of being a key primary state.”
UPDATE II: Romney Campaign Chairwoman Beth Myers issued the following statement:
"Unfortunately, this is what Sen. McCain's inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney's campaign of conservative change.
"Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues. This is why he led on today's first ballot. Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington backroom deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party
Your "Huckaboo" will never come close to winning. He won in West Virginia because he cut a deal with McCain- the writing is on the wall.
As a former Miss West Virginia, I support Ron "Dr. No" Paul.
Awshuckabee, McPain and the George Hamilton look-a-like are all fakes.
Since I cannot vote from the grave Mr. Gumb put me in,
the least I can do is appear here in CNN's cyber wasteland
and blather on with you bunch of sorry, sad sacks.
Congratulations Gov. Huckabee!!!
"it appears"? Are you all completely stupid at CNN? That IS what happened!, to the tune of 15% (all but 1%) switched over to Huckabee when it was clear that McCain couldn't win, and this was on the behest of the McCain campaign as stated by his own supporters. TELL IT LIKE IT IS CNN!!!
BROOKLYN DREAMER, THAT WAS HILARIOUS. YOU MUST OF COMMUTED TO COLLEGE TOGETHER. CLOWN COLLEGE?????????
The fix was in, just as it was in FL with Crist. The timing on that had been planned well in advance. The brokered deal to swing votes from mcCain to Huckabee to keep Romney from winning also fixed. Back room deals and Washington politics, same old crap from the same old man, with the Huckster in the back pocket. Sick isn't it?
Did everyone think it would remain Romney ahead by a few votes? They hold a revote for a reason. It gives the voters of the other candidates to change thier votes so there can be a clear winner. This is how caucuses work. This is not a primary. This is not dirty politics but rather how a caucus works. Only one revote is actually rather good.
WOW, "STEVE O "CAN READ AND WRITE.
"STEVE O" STAY OFF THE COMPUTER
More of the same, Politics! Just what we need. And voters fall for it.
Win or lose in WVa, [R] = LOSER in Nov. All you [R] LOSERS supported a LOSER president for 8 years and a LOSER congress for more than 10 years. You have LOSER policies, and a LOSER ideology. You can bet that I'll savor every second of your LOSS in Nov. And when Hillary or Barak sit in the oval office and bash the remnant [R]s in congress, extinguishing the rest of those LOSER policies, I will take great pleasure in the whining rhetoric that will be sure to follow from your favorite [R] blowhard leaders and talkshow hosts and all you wing-nuts on this thread. Let the festering hate-mongering on the right begin!.....oh, that's right, it never stopped.
Huckabee is the Clinton's new Perot Factor, with no need to save the "spoiling" for the general election, as McCain has no chance of competing nationally. What the Clinton machine plans to do to McCain in the general election will make the "swift boating" move look like childs play. McCain's "hero" status will become "zero" status, "in technicolor". One need not look too deeply into Huckabee's ethics, team, donors and background to do the Clinton-collusion math. The Clinton's KNOW the value of the Perot Factor. AND THE CLINTON MACHINE KNOWS — installing McCain is the only way Hill can win; that to install McCain the conservative vote must be split. Enter the Huckabee / Perot Factor. Child's play. Huckter's a Clinton shill, plain and simple, but laughably, McCain thinks the Huck's working for him. McCain is blinded by ego, anger and ambition…. Anon
Huckabee wants to change the Constitution so it's like the bible. That's what republicans are voting for in Huckabee. Wake up people.
I think the point is clear: America does not want Romney to be president – that's fine with me.
WELL MCCAIN PROVED AGAIN HOW LIBERAL HE IS. HE GOT THAT FROM HIS FREINDS THE CLINTONS. IF YOU CANT BEAT EM, BUY SOMEONE OFF TO MAKE SURE YOU WIN. WE SHOULD PUT THE OLD HORSE OUT TO PASTURE , WELL FIRST WE HAVE TO MAKE IT A THIRD WORLD PASTURE.
It doesn't matter to me if Romney, Huckabee, or McCain wins the nomination. Either way I'll be throwing up.
WELL MCCAIN PROVED AGAIN HOW LIBERAL HE IS. HE GOT THAT FROM HIS FREINDS THE CLINTONS. IF YOU CANT BEAT EM, BUY SOMEONE OFF TO MAKE SURE YOU WIN. WE SHOULD PUT THE OLD HORSE OUT TO PASTURE , WELL FIRST WE HAVE TO MAKE IT A THIRD WORLD PASTURE...........
Can you smell it lads, what the wind carries? The fix is on for Huckabee VP, and a November loss.
Romney has an arrogant personality, he is a fake conservative that panders to all, just like McCamnesty and Tax happy Spender Huckabee.
You mud throwers who claim to know what you dont are making your own candidates look bad. Huckabee is the only candidate worth voting for in the general election. The rest are not worth the time to cast my vote.
Well Huckabee is a better choice over Romney. PAUL will win it all...
Enough. I don't want to hear a single person ever say again that Huck isn't out to screw Romney. This has proven it once and for all.
Wake up Conservatives – this is exactly the type of sleazy, Washington insider "leadership" you'll get from John McAmnesty–back-room, self-serving deals
HEY KEN, WE SEE WHERE YOUR BRAIN IS, BEND OVER AND LOOK. HILLARY,OBAMA, AND MCAIN WANT TO BURY THIS NATION. THEY ARE NO MORE AMERICAN THAN PUTIN IS.. THEY DONT CARE FOR YOU, THEY JUST WANT YOUR VOTE SO THEY CAN DESTROY THE AMRICAN WAY OF LIFE.. THEY FEEL WE OWE IT TO THE WORLD,. . TO LIVE UNDER THIRD WORLD VIEWS. THE ONLY THING YOU SAID TRUE WAS BUSH HELPED GET US HERE, THEY ARE ALL IN BED TOGETHER.
HUCKABEE ONLY PULLED THAT WIN OFF CAUSE WEST VIRGINIA IS A SUBURB OF ARKANSAS,ISNT IT
WELL WHAT DID YA EXPECT, HUCKABEE ONLY WON CAUSE WV IS A SUBURB OF ARKANSAS,ISNT IT