February 5, 2008
Huckabee Scores Super Tuesday’s First Blood
It's Romney's blood, thanks to the McCain campaign.
Mitt Romney is attacking John McCain's campaign after Mike Huckabee's winner-take-all caucus win this afternoon.
Romney did well in the first round of balloting, with 41 percent of the vote. Huckabee had 33 percent, McCain had 16 percent, and Ron Paul had 10 percent. But reports say that McCain's campaign, seeking to torpedo a Romney win, asked the Arizona senator's supporters to back Huckabee. Romney's camp.
So West Virginia is probably the state where Huckabee has done his best among non-evangelical voters. But apparently there's no polling data of the caucus voters, so we won't know if that's the case.
(How evangelical is West Virginia? If you count members of evangelical denominations, not very. But rest assured that the country's largest religious block, "unclaimed," includes a ton of independent churches. Only 13 percent say they have "no religious affiliation." Some reports say about 44 percent of the West Virginia's population identifies as evangelical.)