The anti-inclusionist rules of the Republican party, with “winner take all states” (even though the November election is “winner take all congressional districts“), mean that although Gov Huckabee consistently pulls a third of the vote despite overwhelming media pressure against him.
But even with tonite’s wins, McCain will not have the nomination until at least mid-March, or later. Even if he wins all the votes on “mini-Tuesday” (March 4), he will still be 17 votes short. But it’s unlikely McCain can take Texas.
In reality, the only way for Huckabee to NOT survive the next two weeks is to drop out. Unless McCain stays strong for the next 2 weeks, he begins to look vulnerable. No wonder the party leadership is trotting out all the old staples to try to prop him up.