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Huckabee Slams WA Caucus; NM Still Undecided

Monday, February 11th, 2008

LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — I’m sitting at LAX getting ready to bring the Why Tuesday? road show back to New York City. We’ve got some cool stuff planned in the days ahead so stay tuned. Meanwhile, in elections land…

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who said when he responded to the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge that voters “deserve more than a coronation,” is justifiably making some noise about the vote-counting going on in Washington State. As friend of Why Tuesday? Brad Friedman reported over the weekend, with 87% of precincts reporting and Senator John McCain leading Huckabee by only 242 votes, with over 1,500 votes remaining, the Washington Republican Party halted the vote-count and declared McCain the winner. CNN has the latest from Huckabee: “Maybe that’s how they used to conduct it in the old Soviet Union,” he said, “but you don’t just throw people’s votes out.” We’ll continue to follow this closely.

In New Mexico, Super Tuesday continues. The AP reports “volunteers have worked more than 200 shifts to help count regular ballots and begin examining more than 17,000 provisional ballots that will decide the tight race, and more volunteers are needed. By Sunday afternoon, nearly 2,800 provisional ballots had been qualified in the ongoing process, he said […] With all votes counted except the provisionals, the preliminary count shows Clinton’s leading Obama by 1,123 votes, 68,654 to 67,531.” Still more votes to count, so stay tuned here for updates.

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