Mike Huckabee has determined not to give GOP hopeful and frontrunner John McCain an easy path to victory. By count of delegates, John McCain has a clear lead while Mike Huckabee is trailing behind him. This is the classic rabbit and turtle race. While Huckabee is being left behind in the polls and delegate count, he refuses to drop out and. In a sense, Huckabee is denying McCain a clear path to grasping the nomination.
Statistically, John McCain is the inevitable GOP nominee. This stance made by Huckabee prevents McCain from focusing on the general election in which he will have to battle the eventual Democratic nominee. As a result, McCain must stay focused on the remaining primaries and caucuses prelude to the Republican National Convention.
“He’s exposing the soft underbelly of the nominee,” Bay Buchanan explains. Buchanan is a conservative activist and is a frequent guest on CNN. She adds: “He’s reminding people that this is a man who can’t motivate the base of the party to go out and enthusiastically support him.”
What Buchanan said does ring much truth as McCain is having problems trying to mobilize the conservative voting bloc of the GOP. McCain has stated that he needs the support of that bloc if he is to win the presidency.
So far, McCain’s campaign has shown more respect than hostilities towards Huckabee’s stance. But, the GOP frontrunner along with many others had expressed their wishes for Huckabee to drop out of the race. However, Huckabee had dismissed all of their wishes and requests.
“Of course I’d like for him to withdraw today. It would be much easier,” said GOP frontrunner John McCain. He adds: “But I respect…his right to continue in this race just as long as he wants to.”
Huckabee has said that McCain has not won yet. He stands by what he said in McCain not getting the 1,191 delegates necessary to get the nomination. To Huckabee, McCain has not won yet.
Huckabee said: “Folks, I didn’t major in math. I majored in miracles, and I still believe in those too.” Statistically, Huckabee’s chances are slim to impossible. He would need a miracle if he is to grab the nomination from McCain.
In that regard, McCain has about 815 delegates and needs 376 more to get the nomination. Mike Huckabee only has 199 delegates. McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis said by the math, Huckabee would not be able to get the nomination.
“He would need to win 123 percent of remaining delegates,” Rick Davis wrote in the memo.
Still, Huckabee remains un-fazed and still focused on the race.