WASHINGTON (CNN) - Conservatives make up a significantly larger portion of Virginia Republican primary voters this year than they did in 2000, a development that is helping Mike Huckabee there.
In 2000, 55 percent of Virginia GOP voters identified themselves as conservative. This year, those voters make up 66 percent of the electorate, and they are breaking for Huckabee over McCain by 23 percentage points.
McCain is drawing 32 percent of the conservative vote, a number that’s only 5 points higher than what he drew in 2000.
But McCain is beating Huckabee among moderate voters by a 3-1 margin, a proportion that is keeping the Arizona senator competitive in the state overall.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney