Huckabee Wins Louisiana, McCain Takes Washington

Victories upset blow to McCain
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2008 4:30 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, speaks to students and supporters at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. Maryland, Virginia,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee topped off his win at the Kansas Caucuses yesterday with another surprise upset in the Louisiana primary, edging out frontrunner John McCain 43% to 42%. With  87% of precincts in the Washington caucus reporting, McCain leads 26% to Huckabee's 24%, and AP has called the state for McCain.

Even with yesterday's double victory, Huckabee remains well behind McCain in total delegates. McCain is still virtually assured of the nomination, but Huckabee's strong showing underscores how fractured the Republican electorate is, and the problems McCain faces winning over social conservatives. Huckabee, like Democratic contender Barack Obama, does well in caucus states, where grassroots party mobilization has more influence.