WASHINGTON â€“ The Baptist preacher from Arkansas who sprinkled his speech with southern jokes while standing his ground on moral issues won the support of over half the religious and cultural conservatives who voted at a key gathering this weekend.
Republican White House hopeful and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee received 51.26 percent of the onsite votes in the Values Voter Summitâ€™s straw poll compared to onsite runner-up Mitt Romneyâ€™s 10.40 percent, according to announcement Saturday.
Yet despite the strong onsite showing, Huckabee lost overall to former Massachusetts governor Romney by a narrow margin of 30 votes, receiving altogether 1,565 votes (online and onsite) compared to his rivalâ€™s 1,595 votes.
â€śIt has been such an uphill battle trying to get fair coverage on Mike Huckabee,â€ť said Eric Lupardus, a volunteer with Team Huckabee, after the straw poll results were revealed. ...