February 5th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Huckabee wins first 'Super Tuesday' presidential contest

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Mike Huckabee has won West Virginia's 18 Republican delegates.
Mike Huckabee has won West Virginia's 18 Republican delegates.

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

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  1. Leo, TX

    It's WEST VIRGINIA...need I say more.

    February 5, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. scott,manchester NH

    as a democrat who (like everyone else) is witnessing america falling apart financially in bush's last miserable year loitering in DC.....its fun to watch the HuckMan do so well...
    He's both messing with MisFit Mitt's votes......and allowing america to come to a faster decision about the obvious that we hope it has the brains to come to...

    and.........hopefully, most republicans will stay home in November.

    Buh, byeee GOP....

    February 5, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Mitt Wrongey

    The McCain camp could have suggested the McCain supporters vote for Huckabee, but they still had to cast their vote. If any of them thought that Romney was worth voting for they would have. It was the peoples choice, and they chose not to vote for Willard.

    February 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Jessica, arlington, VA

    PUKE! who would vote for this redneck?!

    February 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Wayne, Greenville TX

    ILoveAmerica February 5, 2008 4:07 pm ET

    The whole Republican Party has become a joke.

    It's been a joke since at least 2000.

    February 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Mitt Wrongey

    The McCain camp could have suggested the McCain supporters vote for Huckabee, but they still had to cast their vote. If any of them thought that Romney was worth voting for they would have. It was the people's choice, and they chose not to vote for Willard.

    February 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Blaze

    I have lost my faith in the republican party. I now firmly believe most republicans are idiots mindlessly getting their lead from right wing talk radio without thinking for themselves. Idiots like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter are ruining the reputation of all republicans trying to make the most money and pandering to the lowest common denominator. Too bad there are not too many thinking republicans left (or maybe, hopefully, they are just being silent).

    February 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Debbie

    Keep it in perspective guys - It doesn't much matter who wins the Republican nomination, in WV or anywhere else. Come November, the Democrats are gonna clean their clock!

    February 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. MAD!!

    Fox new reports that Senator McCain HIMSELF was behind getting his supporters to throw their vote behind Huckabee to stop Romney. Amazing.
    There are also reports of robocalls in CA from the McCain camp claiming Romney as "anti-god".

    I'm ashamed to be a republican.

    February 5, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. di

    huckabee is a genine guy who plays a musical instrument and worships GOD and relates with ordinary folks. May God bless himm as he wins. this proves americans want fair and moderate leaders. go huck. chuck and mcain.

    February 5, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Alex L.

    Huckabee is too principled to make a back room deal.
    Stop looking for conspiracies where they don't exist.
    Mike is the REAL "straight talker".

    February 5, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Daniel

    McCain and Huckabee cheating together to beat Romney.....anyone suprised?

    The evangelical pastors have got their congregations SCARED to vote for Romney, believing Huckabee has been "called by God" to stop the Mormon. What idiots! They will do anything they are told.

    Huckabee is only competing 1) to get VP seat 2) to stop a Mormon.

    Absolutely shameful.

    McCain alone cannot beat him.
    Huckabee alone cannot beat him.

    So they have to join together (both under false pretenses) to claim the victory.

    February 5, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. NYC Gays for Hill

    Congrats to Huckabee for sticking in there...at this point, as long as Romney is not the republican candidate, I will be satisfied with our next president if it ends up being a republican.

    As far as all of these Hillary haters, I think Bill Maher put it best on Larry King last night. People hating Hillary is simply a reflection on themselves and who THEY are.

    In any event, our next leader will not be George W. Bush, so EVERY American is a winner in this race!

    February 5, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Kevin

    GO MIKE, GO!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Jamey

    Can someone please explain how mitt is the true conservitive? 6 months ago he was pro choice, he was for stem cell research, for gun control, gay rights, must i go on, The choices we have are not good but Huckabee is the closest one to a AUTHENTIC coservitive we have, Come on we blasted John Kerry for being a flip Floper but no not mitt. Go Huck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

    February 5, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. rs wood

    ILoveAmerica, Romney's own religion you know ACCEPTS the Genesis account of history, same as Huckabee's. They just add an extra book of nonsense on top of it all that teaches that one day, Mitt Romney himself can become a God.

    Now THAT is scary.

    Educate yourself before throwing stones at one candidate's beliefs.

    February 5, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Dave

    Huckleberry is slime. as is McCain. do you really think we are that stupid to believe there is nothing going on here? the Huckster stays in for one of two reasons (or both): he is angling for VP with McCain or he is holding the personal grudge against Romney. this has no place here. you won't win scumbag, so get out. Paul looks so much more presidential to me now.

    February 5, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. GW

    To all you fanatics on the left and right:

    We here in the middle have sat for years while you, the few, have told us, the many, how your liberal or conservative ideals are going to feed and educate our families. End result, big business has gotten bigger, fat socialist government has gotten fatter, and the rest of us have had to work all the harder to take care of our own. Now we moderates, the majority, finally have a couple candidates who speak for us and it is time to take back the country from the “few” and give it back to the people, we the “many” moderates. My two cents and that’s about all I have left after paying all the bills during the past 20 years while we had the wrong people leading this country. Let’s fix it at the polls today!

    February 5, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Tom

    You people ever hear of the FAIR TAX? You keep 100% of your pay and get 100 dollars a month for each person in your home from the gov. The IRS is GONE and so are ALL current taxes. The best thing for our economy by a long shot! What an idea... Keep what you make and decide for yourself if you want health insurance. I guess all the DEMS with there wealfair hands out don't like it. Why would they? They might have to work for a living. I like Mike! mikehuckabee.com...A Buck for Huck! Give and you shall recieve.

    February 5, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Spoiler!!

    Romney actually won the popular vote the first time around 10% over Huckabee! Romeny is the true winner of West Virginia! Huckabee has now proven he is a spoiler, and McCain is dirty cheap trick policitian.

    February 5, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. mimi manley

    thank God , mike win ........Anyway if people vote to mike they are blessed.we need rial man in the white house ,real man know jesus christ .

    February 5, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Marti San Diego, CA

    Walt, yes, it is McAmnesty's fault. Romney won the first round of voting pretty handily. Huck only won, and we all know it, because all the McCain people colluded with the Huckster to move over.

    Wake up Conservatives – this is exactly the type of sleazy, Washington insider "leadership" you'll get from John McAmnesty–back-room, self-serving deals

    February 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Mitt 2008

    Anyone who views McCain as someone above the dirty politics that infest Washington need to only look at the results from WV!!! Clearly McCain told his supporters to switch to Huckabee in the 2nd round of the caucus to prevent Romney from winning there. McCain obviously does not think Huckabee can beat him... what political candidate would tell his supporters to vote for someone he considered a viable opponent. McCain is scared – he knows that conservatives are angry and that Mitt Romney can beat him. Clearly McCain and Huckabee have some sort of alliance going on... and it must be stopped!!!! COME ON CALIFORNIA!!!! Don't be fooled by the so called straight shooter McCain!! If you want change within the GOP VOTE MITT ROMNEY in 2008.

    February 5, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Steve Addison, Wilmington, Nc

    Huckabee supporters fail to understand we have to remove the income tax. An overhaul on this tax system is close to impossible. The man went to Iowa and was a good old boy. He went to New Hampshire and was a war monger. He danced around the confederate flag in South Carolina. He used his religious ties to corrupt the pulpit with voters that supported a candidate based on religion. He failed as Arkansas governor with his immigration and economic policies. Most uneducated people believe in "talk" of candidates. I guess the Huckabee kool-aid was potent enough to draw in the Christian loon legions to vote for a man who only stands on the Fair Tax issue with everything else being an illusion. He is a second tier candidate, not even Vice Presidential material. He may resonate his religious nutcase views with some. But anyone who has done any research on how he plans to appoint court justices and his past will understand that he is another war mongering Bush puppet that supplies the same rhetoric of the current administration. He is not viable. He is not relevant. His supporters are in denial about his past, his strengths, and his religious views. Coming out as ant-Mormon provides the simplistic level of reasoning of this backwoods loon.

    February 5, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. William

    After what happened in West Virginia, I think Romney should drop out of the race.
    His intelligence is not appreciated. Let people enjoy old bureaucrat McCain. After all, people deserve their governments.

    February 5, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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