Midwest, Southern setbacks for McCain?

February 11, 2008 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Sen. John McCain has lost the Republican primary in Kansas. Jayhawkers went for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee over McCain, 60 percent to 24 percent, with Texas Rep. Ron Paul picking up 11 percent.

What might help Huckabee’s improbable run is that the New York Times is not-so-subtly advocating McCain’s candidacy. Reporter Kate Zernike referred to “the daunting number of delegates Mr. McCain has amassed” and added that “Mr. McCain is far enough ahead in the delegate race that his advisers have said it would be all but impossible for anyone else to win the nomination.” Of course his advisers would say that. How about finding a less partial source?

The numbers are as follows: To win the nomination, a candidate needs 1,191 delegates. The total before the voting on Saturday put McCain at 703, Huckabee at 190 and Paul 42.

My sense is that Huckabee will also do well in the upcoming March 4 primaries in Texas (a winner-take-all 140 delegates) and Ohio (88). These states are friendly to fundamentalists (think Rod Parsley and John Hagee) and populists alike.

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