Huckabee Easily Wins Kansas Caucus

He trounces McCain in a state heavy with conservative voters
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2008 2:59 PM CST
Mike Huckabee greets students and supporters at a campaign rally at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia hold primary...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mike Huckabee easily won the Kansas caucuses today over John McCain, NBC reports. Huckabee took 60% of the vote, McCain 24%, and Ron Paul 11%. He won at least 33 of the 36 delegates up for grabs. The win, which comes in a state with a strong base of conservative voters, comes hours after Huckabee declared that he's not dropping out of the race.

The victory follows Huckabee's strong performance on Super Tuesday, when he won four Southern states and West Virginia. The contest today is the first without Mitt Romney, who dropped out earlier in the week. McCain has a virtually insurmountable lead in delegates, but the loss doesn't bode well for his efforts win over the party's conservatives.