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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Huckabee Isn’t Conceding Washington

posted by on February 10 at 9:40 AM

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.

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Where did Dan's first post today go?

Posted by tsm | February 10, 2008 10:06 AM

Back up.

Posted by Dan Savage | February 10, 2008 10:08 AM

Even if McCain manages to eke out a plurality in WA, this still can't be good news for the GOP, both here and nationally. One would imagine with a vote count this close rank-and-file Repubs would be up in arms at the use of such a bald-faced tactic.

Are we hearing anything from the plebes with regards to this?

Posted by COMTE | February 10, 2008 10:14 AM

Once McCain became a virtual certainty for the nomination on Super Tuesday, he should have started wrapping up votes by bigger and bigger margins. Civilized parties get behind their candidate. But the Republican Party are a bunch of barbarians, and they are TURNING AWAY from their man. It's going to kill the party. There's going to be blood in the hallways at their convention, and it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of maniacs.

And Ron Paul gets 21% here! His best showing anywhere! Go Washington! White Power!

Posted by Fnarf | February 10, 2008 10:33 AM

The GOP has become so openly sleezy and corrupt. I'm not sure what is more damaging to the psyches of it's supporters, supporting them blindly or supporting them with full knowledge. I continue to meet people in both groups and it's often a very surreal experience as I realize a seemingly rational logical human being lives in a completely different mental universe.

Posted by mirror | February 10, 2008 10:48 AM

The longer Huckabee stays in the race and the more delegates / attention he to collects the more this race will turn to the rabid right.

McCain might be forced to add him as his VP just to get the voters to show up - the few that are showing up. It wouldn't be the first time that moderate Republicans (whatever that is) rallied around a lunatic religionist just to win.

The Dem nominee will start wooing the Christian lunatics soon enough and all of the appearance of 'change' will begin to swirl down the drain.

Just wait until the CA Supreme Court announces its marriage decision...if they allow marriage in CA, Huckabee will be christened as the savior that must be elected.

What will the Democrats do if same-sex marriage is established in CA?

Posted by patrick | February 10, 2008 10:51 AM

Don't the republican caucuses only count for 51% of the vote? What about the mail in ballots?

How can the republican party call for the delagates going to McCain...


Posted by Jason H. | February 10, 2008 11:06 AM

How arrogant some people are! Huckabee should stay in the race, my state has yet to vote and I want to be able to have a choice and vote AGAINST McAmnesty. Huckabee has every right to stay in the race and If McCain cannot take the competition, then he has no business being President!We will see just how strong the maverick is..

Posted by lawrence | February 10, 2008 11:55 AM

Any Republican who votes for Huckabee is a shithead. There, I said it.

Posted by Fnarf | February 10, 2008 12:02 PM

While the Democratic Party is no great shakes, the GOP has morphed into a Baath Party of cultists and lunatics who cheer on torture and pretend that placing ribbon magnets on SUV's is a bold act of patriotism.

The center aint holding kids.


Posted by GSD | February 10, 2008 12:32 PM

Actually, everyone who is anti-big corporations corrupting this process should actually be supporting Huckabee. He's the only GOP candidate not in the pockets of the big corporations. The guy has no money in his campaign chest at all compared to all the front runners. He's probably more in touch with the average guy on the street economics wise than most politicians. That is what has the GOP leadership scared if he wins. Big money wouldn't have sealed the deal this time.

Posted by Brian in Seattle | February 10, 2008 12:51 PM

Amazingly EXPECTED! In Louisiana's caucuses Huckabee, Romney and McCain supporters created a fake Uncommitted group called "Pro-Life for Reagan" in order to steal the victory away from Ron Paul. And Huckabee claims that something similar bewteen McCain and Romney happened to him in Missouri.

The Republicans are all about Byzantine behind the scenes manoeuvres to win elections...and only cry about it when they, themselves, are screwed over by it.

Posted by cinnamonape | February 10, 2008 12:55 PM

I don't want to appear to be one of those always looking for conspiracies but it does seem suspicious to stop counting just when McCain edges out Huckabee for the lead. It does make one wonder if they are actually counting now and will only report the new totals if McCain wins. I don't understand how Louisiana and Kansas can manage to count all 100% of their precincts' results and Washington State can't. I thought the numbers turning out for the GOP caucus was down from prior years.

Posted by Nancy | February 10, 2008 1:01 PM

Yes, the main stream media's annointed nominee managed to lose 75% of the vote. 25% to Huckabee, 21% to Ron Paul (who had to take a brief hiatus to deal with the Neocons running a pro-war Republican in his district primary, 16% to Romney (who dropped out) and 11% undecided (which will go largely to Paul due to instructions by the state campaing to not identify themselves as Paul supporters). I can't wait for McCain and Hilalry to go away.

Posted by Rusty John | February 10, 2008 1:16 PM

While I don't believe there is evidence to suggest that the WA Republican Party have counted the caucus results crookedly, there are reasons for suspicion. The suspension of the count last night that Dan and Josh Marshall pointed out are suspicious. So are the slow posting of results of their web site and their not posting results by county. Hiding details of the result would make it easier to tamper with them.

Posted by Tsam | February 10, 2008 2:13 PM

Fnarf @ 9 -- What about Democrats who vote for Huckabee?

I still have my mail-in ballot ... how about you?

Posted by RonK, Seattle | February 10, 2008 2:20 PM

My wife, son, and I went to our local caucus for Ron Paul. The depth of anger at Bush and his new $3.1T budget is pretty strong.

Posted by Fritz | February 10, 2008 2:30 PM

I'd say this is more like the Dem 2004 "Recount until you win" gambit, though in that case, at least they finished counting.

Posted by Mike of Renton | February 10, 2008 2:41 PM

RonK @16: you present a very interesting possibility. However, it's against the law to caucus with the Ds and then vote in the primary for an R.

Posted by Fnarf | February 10, 2008 4:20 PM

I'm sorry? The Republican Party was uniting behind McCain? Hardly. He got the majority of votes in the majority of states. That's not unity, that's plurality.

I love the Stramger's rudamentary reviews of the GOP it's like a biology major explaining quantum physics to sociology majors.

Posted by greg albert | February 10, 2008 4:58 PM

I'm sorry? The Republican Party was uniting behind McCain? Hardly. He got the majority of votes in the majority of states. That's not unity, that's plurality.

I love the Stranger's rudamentary reviews of the GOP it's like a biology major explaining quantum physics to sociology majors.

Posted by greg albert | February 10, 2008 4:58 PM

Ron Paul won in King County. Of course they're not counting all the votes.

Posted by Greg Albert | February 10, 2008 5:01 PM

It's pretty obvious to me that with races this close at this stage of the game, there is no real "nominee". Irregardless of which of these two wins the coveted nomination, the other's supporters will not vote for the man who is chosen. The general election at best will only be a 25 percent turnout, with 75 percent of the voters opting to stay home.
As a result, the Dems are in office by a huge landslide.

Posted by Karla Rover | February 10, 2008 8:16 PM

Please don't say "irregardless".


Posted by NapoleonXIV | February 10, 2008 11:21 PM

Can I get a cup of who the hell cares?

Posted by Marmstro | February 11, 2008 12:20 AM

If Huckabee had won, the voting would have stayed on track. They have never pulled this stunt when Huckabee has won.

Something is wrong and I think Ron Paul may have actually won.

Posted by Kelly | February 11, 2008 5:55 AM

Way to go Huck !! Show these crooks for what they are, have been, and will be !!!

Posted by paul | February 11, 2008 11:49 PM

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