Huckabee Backs Brokered Convention

Opponent refuses to be part of McCain 'coronation'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2008 4:10 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and his former rival Mitt Romney take part in a news conference in Boston, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, where Romney announced his endorsement...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mike Huckabee is unfazed by delegate math, empty pockets, and the sight of Mitt Romney endorsing John McCain. Rather than be “part of the coronation,” the ex-Arkansas governor is telling backers he plans to take the GOP fight to a brokered convention, Politico reports. Once there, all bets are off. "Top candidates will have an opportunity to make an impassioned plea,” he writes in a fundraising letter.

“I just think it’s a little bit premature to go ahead and slice the cake when you haven’t had the wedding yet,” Huckabee told CNN. To get to a brokered convention, he must deny McCain the necessary number of delegates to clinch. That means winning Texas, and the campaign tells supporters it needs another $1.5 million to compete there. (Read more Mike Huckabee stories.)