McCain Wins South Carolina Republican Primary – Post No. 011908-3

McCain South Carolina

By JENNIFER PARKER

Sen. John McCain narrowly beat out former Gov. Mike Huckabee in the Republican South Carolina primary Saturday night, reversing his 2000 defeat to George W. Bush in the state, and solidifying himself as a candidate to be reckoned with leading up to the multi-state Super Tuesday votes.

The Arizona senator has battled back from the brink of political disaster this summer when his campaign was thought to be almost over after lackluster fundraising results and staffing shakeups.

Support from the state’s military veterans, who account for 25 percent of the electorate in the Republican contest, and support from independents and moderates helped McCain win victory. A big turnout by conservatives and evangelicals kept Huckabee competitive in the state.

With over three-quarters of the precincts reporting, McCain has garnered 33 percent support, Huckabee 30 percent, with Thompson at 16 percent and Romney at 15 percent.

Huckabee said he called McCain to congratulate him.

“I want to thank him for running a good and decent and civil campaign,” Huckabee said Saturday night in his concession speech to cheering supporters.

I am grateful for the campaign that he has run,” he said.

Historically the Palmetto State’s GOP primary has been a kingmaker – no Republican presidential candidate has captured the White House without first winning the South Carolina primary since former President Reagan won the state’s primary in 1980.

But with multiple candidates winning multiple early contests, and the GOP field still in flux, this may be the year the state’s kingmaker status falls on its sword.

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3 comments
  1. Hank Wilfong said:

    Now that the Republican primary is through in South Carolina, let’s get to The Main Event. Obama vs. Hillary. (What about Edwards, you ask? Are you kidding me?)

    Obama is ready to put to rest the claim that he can’t win the votes of African-Americans. And to put straight those that are still wed to the asinine theory that “Bill Clinton was the first Black president.” Bill Clinton may be a lot of things, but he ain’t Black.

    Don’t even try to lay that on us. And don’t try to tell us that having Bill’s wife in the White House is at all comparable to having Michelle Obama (a REAL Sister) there.

    This African-American is anxiously antcipating having a genuine Black person, sit where no others have sat. Hey, that ain’t racist. That’s Black Pride…

    The struggle continues, until we succeed-and we shall,

    Hank

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