2008 Huckabee Isn’t Conceding Washington
posted by February 10 at 9:40 AMon
We know the GOP as a rule doesn’t like to count every vote—Florida 2000, Washington state 2004—but the GOP usually seeks to shut down vote counting in general elections, not primaries. But with nearly 13% of the vote left to count, Luke Esser and the rest of the gang at Washington state’s GOP stopped counting the votes from yesterday’s GOP caucus. And Mike “Miracles” Huckabee ain’t havin’ it:
The Washington State GOP, with 87.2 percent reporting, discontinued the counting process. We are looking into the matter. We are committed to making certain EVERY vote is counted. We will keep you posted.
Oh, that’s so cute. A Republican presidential candidate demanding that every vote be counted—live long enough, I guess, and you’ll see everything.
The question, of course, is why the state GOP stopped counting those caucus votes. And the answer seems obvious: McCain might have lost if they kept counting votes, which would have given Huckabee a three-state sweep yesterday. When they stopped counting the vote yesterday McCain had 25.7% to Huckabee’s 23.9%.
Ha ha. Last week after McCain won most Super Tuesday states and Romney dropped out, Republicans were crowing about the advantage they now held over the Democrats. The GOP was uniting behind McCain, their presumptive nominee, while the Democrats were going to slug it out all the way to the convention, Hillary and Barack bloodying each other up for months, while the GOP prepared to take on the wounded Dem nominee in November’s general election. But the GOP isn’t uniting behind McCain: Romney got CPAC’s endorsement after withdrawing from the race, and wound up taking 16.7% of the vote here in Washington state. Huckabee refuses to drop out, won two states yesterday, and may have won Washington state too.