Campaign for United States President, 2008 election
On Meet the Press on January 28, 2007, Mike Huckabee announced about his wish to run for the White House. At the August 11 Iowa Straw Poll, Huckabee has won a second place with 2,587 votes equal to rough 18 percent. Huckabee has involved $57.98 per vote in the Straw Poll, which was the lowest rate among the top three candidates. Later he has won everybody's attention by ad featuring Chuck Norris. After that Huckabee wished voters a merry Christmas, telling that "what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ." As per the Associated Press, on NBC's Meet The Press, which took place on December 31, 2007, Huckabee "stood by" a 1998 comment in which he said, "I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ." Huckabee told NBC that his comment was "appropriate to be said to a gathering of Southern Baptists."
Huckabee tremendously won the Iowa Republican caucuses on January 3, 2008, receiving 34% of the electorate and 17 delegates. Later he has finished on third place in the New Hampshire primary On January 8, 2008, behind John McCain in first place, and Mitt Romney who finished second, with Huckabee receiving one more delegate for a total of 18 delegates, gained via elections. After the 2008 South Carolina Presidential Primary in Columbia SC, Mike Huckabee gave his concession speech. He has won thethird place in the Michigan Republican primary on January 15, 2008, behind John McCain on the second place and Mitt Romney who won the race.
Huckabee finished in second place in the South Carolina Republican primary on January 19, 2008, behind John McCain who was the first and ahead of Fred Thompson who won the third place.
Florida primary brought Huckabee the fourth place in on January 29, 2008, behind Rudy Guliani, Mitt Romney and the winner John McCain.
Huckabee won the first prize of "Super Tuesday" on February 5, 2008, the West Virginia GOP state convention, gaining 52% of the electorate. Huckabee also has won in Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia on Super Tuesday, bringing his delegate count up to 156, compared to 689 for Republican party front-man John McCain.
Huckabee won the first election following Super Tuesday on February 9, 2008, gaining 60% of the vote in the Kansas Republican Caucuses. Also it was the first contest without Mitt Romney, who thought he was splitting the conservative electorate with Huckabee. Mike also won the Louisiana Republican Primary with 44% of the vote to John McCain's 43% in second. Although Huckabee won the primary he was not awarded any delegates, because of the state party rules that state a candidate must pass the 50% threshold to receive the state's pledged delegates.
On March 4, 2008, Huckabee gave up from seeking the candidacy as it became apparent he would lose in Texas, where he had a hoped to win and that John McCain would get the 1191 delegates required to win the Republican nomination.