Huck Refuses to Concede Washington

Claims voting 'irregularities,' is sending in lawyers
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2008 3:45 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, speaks to reporters after winning the Kansas Republican presidential caucuses, in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/J....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mike Huckabee's campaign is crying foul after Washington Republicans called the state's GOP caucus for rival John McCain with 87% of the vote counted—and stopped counting the rest. The impact of calling an election before all votes are counted is "seismic," said a statement from the Huckabee campaign, which is now sending its lawyers to Washington to battle over the results, reports the Seattle Times.

In the wake of the complaints, the party hurried to resume its count. With 93% of the vote tallied late yesterday, McCain led Huckabee by just 25% to 24%. Huckabee is not the only headache for the GOP—third-place finisher Ron Paul, with 21% of the vote, is also refusing to concede. Paul's campaign insists he did much better than is being reported.