Tales from the Trail

Huckabee backs McCain, but will his followers?

March 5, 2008

rtr1×9fr.jpgDALLAS – Former White House hopeful Mike Huckabee endorsed Sen. John McCain as he dropped out of the Republican presidential race on Tuesday night. But the million-dollar question is: will his network of evangelical supporters follow his lead?

Evangelicals not only lean heavily Republican, they are also among the party’s most energetic activists and Huckabee tapped networks that any GOP candidate could use in a close race.

The Huckabee machine included “homeschoolers” who volunteered for him in droves. The energy of those conservative Christians — who as their name suggests educate their children at home in part to shield them from the secular world — would be welcomed by the McCain camp.

Young conservative bloggers formed another part of Team Huckabee, getting the word out to Christian circles when he was still a relative unknown, and it will be of interest to see where this chattering class now tilts. 

As the Republican field narrowed, McCain picked up a larger share of the evangelical vote in the state-by-state nomination battles suggesting that he already has made inroads with this group.

But conservative Christian heavyweights such as James Dobson, founder and chairman of the advocacy group Focus on the Family, has already said that he won’t vote for McCain because of his support for stem-cell research and other positions that are beyond the Religious Right’s pale.

One thing is certain: this is an area that will be keenly watched. 

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Now that McCain has secured the needed delegates, and Mike Huckabee has endorsed him; people in remaining States can feel free to vote for Mike and still fully support the GOP!!!

Yea!!!!

Please be encouraged to continue to show your support for Mike by carrying MISSISSIPPI!!!

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive
 

I still stand by my 2 pledges to VOTE ONLY FOR MIKE HUCKABEE and to Vote Only For a Pro-Life Candidate.

I will be voting for Mike Huckabee in June (Montana)and again in November.

 

ONLY MIKE HUCKABEE!!!

Posted by Sonia | Report as abusive
 

In the almost 46 years I been in this country, never seen primaries like the ones in 2007-2008.

The Republican Party much to their shame has installed a person as their candidate that does not represent what The Party used to be…..good contrast to a sick Democratic Party.

But today, unfortunately our party is not much different in integrity to the Democratic Party and that is mainly why their leaders set up McCain as their candidate.

The end result of this sad state of affairs is that a very harmful to the country person is going to be elected president in November with a landslide which probably will equal the Johnson-Goldwater debacle.

Y will write in Huckabee as I will not let my conscience to be controlled by the lesser of two evil lie.

The lesser of two evils is evil.

This is easy to discern whether you are a Cristian or not.

Posted by Pedro A Delgado | Report as abusive
 

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