A lot of people across the country are still voting, but we already have a race to call. The Associated Press is reporting that Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher, won West Virginia’s GOP primary. Eighteen delegates were at stake, and the AP is saying Huckabee gets them all. (That goes on top of what he won in Iowa.)
Why does this matter? A couple of reasons. The person who secures the most delegates wins his or her party’s nomination. So Huckabee, in theory, is that much closer to doing so. But the night is young, and there’s a lot of states’ voters who are still picking their candidates. And plenty of those states have a lot more delegates than West Virginia’s 18.
There’s also a little intrigue here, according to Politico.com. See the story here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0208/8338.html
Stick around. It could be an interesting night.
Bob Doucette, Assistant City Editor