February 5th, 2008
08:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Conservative split in Georgia helps McCain

(CNN) - Why is the Georgia Republican race so tight? Because, as they are elsewhere tonight, conservative voters are splitting between Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.

McCain is winning easily there among Republicans who identified themselves as moderates or liberals - 40 percent of them are voting for the Arizona senator. But those voters only make up about a third of primary voters there.

The 67 percent of Georgia voters who say they are conservative may be less inclined to support McCain - but they are splitting between Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, who are each drawing roughly 40 percent of the conservative vote.

If all that conservative vote went to one candidate, McCain would likely get blown out there.

- CNN Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider • Georgia • John McCain
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. mb

    "Against McCain"??? Are you serious? A little biased and presumptuous don't you think?

    If Huckabee were to drop out of this race, he would implore everyone of his supporters to Vote McCain.

    February 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Kellie

    Umm... did you project Obama to win or not? Where is the headline? Where to go for REAL news?

    February 5, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. mb

    I see you changed your wording. Good job.

    February 5, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. JC

    WSJ, none of the sensationalism

    February 5, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. prasad

    Mccain wont win the presidency. the republican party is going to out of power in congress and the white house and will tilt the balance in the supreme court

    February 5, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Carol

    Huckabee is just trying to hold on to become McCain's VP – he and everyone else know he's not a viable candidate and is only in the race to thwart Romney. Just more Washington politics – the very thing Romney is trying to eschew.

    February 5, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Dave

    Well, there you have it. A vote for Huckabee really is a vote for McCain. Interestingly, exit polls show that Romney is drawing the conservative voters. Looks like some so called "conservatives" are getting the candidate endorsed by the NY Times and liberal governors and mayors.

    February 5, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. Karen Smith

    Go Hillary, Go!!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. mb

    when is Romney going to drop out so he stops stealing votes from Huckabee?

    February 5, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Ike

    This election clearly exposes voters illitracy and riotous emotion that blind reality.Gender, race, charisma, smooth talk, eloquency, likability conservatism are canker warms that degrade the fabric of our political process and becloud our view of awful reality; what a shame. Our nation political destiny any hope?My name is Sam and I approve this message

    February 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |