February 12th, 2008
07:32 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit Polls: Evangelicals rallying around Huckabee

Evangelical voters reportedly account for over 40 percent of the electorate.

Evangelical voters reportedly account for over 40 percent of the electorate.

(CNN) - Evangelicals in Virginia are voting heavily for Mike Huckabee, a key reason the former Arkansas governor remains in a competitive race there with likely GOP nominee John McCain.

According to exit polls, evangelical voters make up more than 40 percent of the electorate and are breaking for Huckabee in the Republican primary by nearly 3 to 1 over McCain - a sign social conservatives remain hesitant to back McCain's candidacy, even as he is all but certain to win his party's nomination.

In another sign Huckabee continues to draw values voters, the Arkansas Republican is leading McCain nearly 3 to 1 among those voters who say their top priority is a president who shares their values

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. BM


    February 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Bob from TEXAS

    Its not about it his religion to me and our Founding Fathers said religion and politics should be kept seperate. Him having a strong religious background makes him a plus for me. To me its a matter of Mccain running as a Republican in name only he holds very few of the values that traditional Republicans hold. He is not a Conservative. Huckabee is.

    February 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. John

    When all is said and done, all the votes are added up and analyzed, two lessons will be learned from this years primaries. First, the majority of the American public will not vote for a guy who believes in a cult religion, and second, they will not vote for a guy who does not believe that evolution is a fact.

    February 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. joeb

    No, Brandon and Mike you ARE superstitious MORONS. This religious HUCKSTER has no business being in the presidential race.

    February 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. Dave

    Hey Bill, leave Brandon alone. Why is it that the the religion of non-believers is more important than believers? It seems that you believe Huckabee is impossing his beliefs to get votes. He is not! He just telling the truth and that is what people are looking for. I thought that was part of what freedom of religion was about. He his not going to make people believe what he believes. It just seems that the left is affraid of God but runs to other religions and likes to force their belief of non-belief on others. I don't believe Huckabee will win but aleast you know where he stands.

    February 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Kevin

    GO MIKE, GO!!

    February 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. joeb

    Bill, you are right on the money!

    February 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Jose

    I hair many times that many analist from CNN said is no posible for Mike Huckabee make enogh delegates.tying to dispate the people to vote for Him
    the media should let the people decide for whom they want to vote and not try so hard to inflent them.

    Samething with Obama the media has play enormes role favoting Senator Obama
    nothing personal with this Senator but He is not ready yet.

    Thank you

    February 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. mb

    hillphil – at least use your real name. Ann Coulter.

    If you like Huck, what do the Democrat's offer that would keep you from voting for McCain? the answer is nothing.

    February 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Terri Gomez

    Has anyone ever considered if the 'religious right' weren't christian...and they were jewish, or muslim...would we be courting their 'platforms'?

    why doesn't the republican party purge that fringe from their party?

    if huckabee is the vp, i'm leaving this country.

    we need laws, and more than 10 of them. and we need someone who understands that EVERYONE has a right to be represented under the constitution, not just christians.

    February 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Dana, No.Calif

    Huck will stay in the race even after its locked up and official. He doesnt have anything better to do, he's unemployed!
    He's said a few too many things earlier in the campaign which I believe will leave him unelectable.

    February 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. DV


    I am not evangelical or even actively religious, although I grew up catholic. By the same token as you say a person of faith doesn't represent you, maybe many of us would not be comfortable being directed by someone who doesn't have faith. There are a lot of people of faith, not just evangelicals, and please explain to me how a person of no faith has any business representing the VAST Majority of people who have some faith? No one can represent everyone equally, but voting for a person of faith is not a crime, no matter how much people who have none would like it to be. Mike Huckabee has said in numerous interviews that he deeply respects the rights of people of even no faith, and wouldn't have any problem having someone in his cabinet who was an atheist. You are wrong on this. I don't see people castigating women for voting for Hillary, or blacks for supporting obama, why is it so surprising that people of faith find Huckabee such an acceptable candidate. You are the one being the least tolerant here.

    February 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    I am very happy to see that the "religious right" vote is not as powerfull as they thought, maybe now we can satr putting this country in the direction of facts instead faith.

    February 12, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. Dave

    Dose that right go for the unborn? If we need someone that is for everyone I guess that would leave Demo. out.

    February 12, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Shelly

    How come the evangelicals rationalize everything Mike says and does? They don't apply the same logic to other candidates? Cult-like.

    February 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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