Sunday, February 10, 2008

Shenanigans in Washington State

McCain       3,468 26% 87% reporting
Huckabee   3,226 24%

Did Huckabee win in Washington State? Yesterday, after Huckabee leading all day in Washington, at the last minute the Washington State republican party issued a press release showing John McCain pulling ahead by 1 or 2 percentage points and calling the race for McCain. They never updated the voter totals or turnout after the 87%. Huckabee, after winning the 2 other states that held elections for the Republicans yesterday, got very suspicious about the results.

The Huckabee campaign is deeply disturbed by the obvious irregularities in the Washington State Republican precinct caucuses. It is very unfortunate that the Washington State Party Chairman, Luke Esser, chose to call the race for John McCain after only 87 percent of the vote was counted. According to CNN, the difference between Senator McCain and Governor Huckabee is a mere 242 votes, out of more than 12,000 votes counted-with another 1500 or so votes, apparently, not counted. That is an outrage.

Huckabee has now sent lawyers to Washington state, presumably to audit the votes. This race is not over.