February 6th, 2008
01:24 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain the big winner; Huckabee shines

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/05/super.gop/art.mccain.tues.ap.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain takes a big step in his White House quest with Tuesday's wins."] (CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain piled up wins in the Republican race for the White House Tuesday - with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also surging to victories throughout the South just days after ignoring calls to drop out of the race.

By late Tuesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also had won several states - but mainly in places he was expected to win handily or states with far fewer delegates than the states being won by Huckabee.

McCain appeared headed to the top spots in California, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Delaware and his home state of Arizona, based on early returns and results from exit polls in those states.

CNN declared McCain the winner in delegate-rich California shortly before 12:30 a.m. (ET) Wednesday. Earlier, he was upbeat as he spoke to supporters.

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Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Jim Rob

    McCain the big winner? He couldn't even beat Bush the Lesser in 2000. We'll see how he campaigns this Summer. I wonder if he'll win any moderates claiming to be Reagan reincarnated?

    February 6, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    I want to know how many blacks voted for each Republican candidate? How many women? How many of the women were black/white. How many Hispanics? How many with a college degree? How many Asians? How many under 25? How many over 40? What was the median income of each group. The media seems to think the democrats need to know these little details?

    February 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Steph

    YEAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HUCKABEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    🙂 YES!!! 🙂

    February 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    No Huckabee. We've had eight years of a President with a messianic complex. Why get another four? Do we really need to give Islamic nations another reason to be suspicious of the United States? Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see that nutter Huckabee win the Republican nomination so that Hillary or Barack can chew him up.

    February 6, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Greg

    I'm a Mitt Romney supporter and voted for him in the primary. If McCain does end up as the nominee, I'll vote for him over the Democrats unless he picks Huckabee as his VP. If that is the case, I'll vote for the Democrat or hope Bloomberg or Paul runs as a third party candidate.

    February 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Naomi Doss

    Wow! I just want to say I don't think that the countries that we are at war with will work with a woman president. That's just their nature. After the terrible tornados, The people turned to prayer. That is the way of the American people. May God bless America and all of those who are working so tirelessly to make our Nation great again with Christian values. N.D from Kansas City, Mo

    February 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. chgo7

    Oklahoma and Missouri were both almost won by Huckabee. In fact they probably should have been, so why is it that McCain squeaked by. Why aren't any news media reporters looking into that?

    February 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. David....Nevada

    This viet vet and republican served in the late 60's too and will vote dem if Johnny Mc finishes off the nomination..I wouldn't follow this man anywhere... vietnam was 40 years ago..get over it...is that all you got? He spends virtually every minute of every day reminding us of just that. Mc is economically brain dead. The only thing he knows is people and it took 40 years to develope those connections.

    February 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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