With the passing of “mini-Tuesday,” Mike Huckabee acknowledged the commanding lead of John McCain and ended his 2008 campaign for President. In his words, Huckabee said, “we fought the good fight and finished the race.”
In his concession speech, Gov Huckabee reiterated the themes that governed his efficient and effective campaign: “We kept the faith. I would rather lose an election than lose the principles that got me into politics in the first place.”
“While many in the establishment never really believed I belonged, there were many in the country that did,” he said. “Thanks to their sacrifices, I had a voice – and I only pray that I have been able to give them a voice.”
In a news release on his website, Huckabee said he
“represented average Americans who work two jobs to meet ends meet; conservatives who want less – but more efficient – government with less corruption; people who believe we should overhaul our tax system, implement the Fair Tax ad and get rid of the IRS; the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, who keep us free; those who cherish life and those who have yet to be born. ”
Huckabee, who ran an extremely small but cost-effective campaign, concluded his remarks by stating, “Our battle was never about us. It was about our country and its liberty. Now, we join with Senator McCain in the rest of that battle, not for who gets elected, but for what we can do when we get elected.”
Mike Huckabee finishes in second place in terms of overall delegates, slightly ahead of Governor Romney, who quit earlier in the race. The formal selection will be made at the Republican nominating convention in September.