Huckabee Sets Sights on Texas, Newly Relevant

Sidekick Norris calls McCain too old to be president
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 8:48 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, speaks at a fundraiser thrown by actor Chuck Norris on Norris' ranch in Lone Wolf Ranch, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The odds are increasingly good that despite Super Tuesday's upgrade to "Duper," no obvious winner in either party will emerge by February 5. That means the March 4 Texas primary, largely written off earlier, may play a critical role in deciding nominees for both parties. Huckabee hosted the first primary event of the year there last night at Chuck Norris's ranch, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Arkansas governor, disappointed in his second-place finish in South Carolina, quipped to supporters, "Texas may just have to save this Arkansas boy and put us over the top." And Norris indelicately declared John McCain too old to be a viable contender. "I'm just afraid that the vice president would wind up taking over his job,"  Norris, 67, said of the 71-year-old candidate.