Kansas Rebukes John McCain

RCP:
With 76% of the precincts reporting, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has won the Kansas Republican caucuses by an overwhelming 62% to 22% margin.
And in the Washington caucus, does Huckabee have a shot?  Wasn't this a state whose Republicans gave their majority to Pat Robertson, in the 1988 caucus (iirc), and in 2000, soundly rejected McCain, in favor of Bush. Does the Baptist preacher have a shot among the evangelicals in Washington State?

Also, it was widely overlooked, but James Dobson came out with an endorsement of Huckabee after Romney dropped out. I can't imagine whom the Michelle Malkin/NRO crowd will rally around, in a choice between two Republicans that they have seemed to equally detest.

Update [2008-2-9 18:19:39 by Jerome Armstrong]: The delegate results:

Mike Huckabee swept all 36 delegates in the Kansas GOP caucuses Saturday, giving him a total of 234. That is still far behind Sen. John McCain, who has 719 delegates. It will take 1,191 delegates to secure the Republican nomination.

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23 Comments

Not quite as

overwhelming as Obama's 73%

by Moonwood 2008-02-09 11:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Kansas Rebukes John McCain

Kansas Republican caucus is closed for independents, so this is not shocking.

That also bodes well for Obama, since they would only have the choice of caucusing with the Dems. He should get 75 - 80%.

by rcipw 2008-02-09 11:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Kansas Rebukes John McCain

Excuse me, duh.

by rcipw 2008-02-09 11:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Kansas Rebukes John McCain

Today might be the GOP's Jerry Brown-92 (or, for that matter, Jerry Brown-1976) moment.

by ChrisR 2008-02-09 11:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Kansas Rebukes John McCain

I know caucuses are stupid.  That's not what I'm talking about.

I'm talking about the press, which is even more stupid.

Huckabee wins in a few states today.

The press, much like they did when Jerry Brown won CT in 1992 (and swept seven late states in 1976), will state that there is some sort of evidence concerning the discontent of the GOP base towards McCain.  Its there, but it is hard to believe that a Republican who believes more $ for road construction (I don't knock it, I like the New Deal) is a way to stiumlate the economy.

McCain beats the heck out of Huckabee eventually, but that will be one of the media narratives today.

by ChrisR 2008-02-09 12:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Kansas Rebukes John McCain

For the Kansas Dem caucus, we stood on our feet for 4 hours.  It was complete chaos, they were not prepared to handle the volume of voters (to be fair, apparently 37 people caucused in our district in 2004, it was 1200+ on 2/5).  But it was sleeting out, and we stood in line for hours even once inside, and there was nowhere for the elderly or disabled to sit and rest.  Then, charmingly, the college-age organizers of the caucus had the brilliant idea that the Hillary supporters should use the balconies of our venue (a college theater), so elderly people were trying to climb 2 and 3 flights of stairs to get to the designated Hillary locations.  The caucus was supposed to start at 7, but did not begin to get organized until after 9.  It was after 10 before it broke up, on a school night.  Lots of mommies left, basically all of the elderly left, it was a complete cluster%#$* and outright disenfranchised hundreds of voters in my district alone.

by milton333 2008-02-09 12:27PM | 0 recs
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Wow. And where is the media coverage of these caucus debacles?

by itsthemedia 2008-02-09 05:36PM | 0 recs
Jerome when Obama wins

the Nebraska primary by around 70% today will you frontpage "Nebraska rebukes Hillary Clinton?"

by CardBoard 2008-02-09 12:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerome when Obama wins

Another Nebraska site just got reported Obama votes - 1627 to 37 for Clinton, yes that is 37 to 1627

by CardBoard 2008-02-09 12:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerome when Obama wins

Where are results coming in?

by rcipw 2008-02-09 12:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerome when Obama wins
Kos caucus goers are coming back and reporting here
Some Cool Turnout Stories too!
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/2 /9/124350/3207/224/453352
by CardBoard 2008-02-09 12:35PM | 0 recs
Considering it is Obama's supporters

Who continually claim this is a done deal and the general consensus over the last few days from both camps in that Obama has an advantage in this weekends contest, a Nebraska win for Obama can only be seen as 'meeting expectations', a strong win perhaps as 'beating even positive expectations', while any kind of loss will be seen as 'a rebuke in light of expectations'. Your snarky question is meaningless in the context of the coverage and commentary as it has gone on here and elsewhere since Tuesday night.

Christ if people would start expressing some opinions backed up by data points and stop this incessant attempt to parse every single comment and subject line through a catty filter of hidden motives we would all be out ahead of the game.

Its a campaign for a Presdiential nomination, not an audition for the online version of 'Heathers', can we approach this somewhere above the Kool Kidz level?

by Bruce Webb 2008-02-09 12:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Considering it is Obama's supporters

Not to demonstrate some level of ignorance, but what is "Heathers"?

by bhirsh26 2008-02-09 01:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Considering it is Obama's supporters

I am guessing, but:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heathers

Heathers is a 1989 black comedy film starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty. The film portrays four girls in a trend-setting clique at a suburban Midwestern high school. The girls--three of whom are named "Heather"--rule the school through intimidation, contempt, and sex appeal.

by itsthemedia 2008-02-09 05:41PM | 0 recs
not shocked

considering the incredible dogmatic agenda at all costs to remove a woman's rights and amendment the constitution so our government is no longer secular...

add to that pretty much anybody is better than Corporate lobbyist driven McCain economic/trade agenda...

Hucklebee was a 10 yr very successful governor and that fact seemingly is always ignored.

by Robert Oak 2008-02-09 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: not shocked

The media narrative after McCain started moving to frontrunner status was consistent. Romney could not get traction because Huckabee was taking the evangelical votes. The thought that Huckabee might gain traction if Romney stepped aside never seemed to enter their minds.

It is no accident - the media has millionaire values, not Christian right values. It is most likely too late to catch McCain now, but one wonders what might have happened if Romney pulled out before 2/5.

by itsthemedia 2008-02-09 05:58PM | 0 recs
glad he didn't

I like Huckabee, I think he's quite capable, smart, rational but unfortunately he has some evil demon in him that needs to be exorcised because he wants to send women back to the stone age and wipe out secular society as we know it and send us back to the days of bloody religious wars.  ;)
But, he's funny as hell on Colbert.  

Glad Romney didn't drop out and it's sad that Romney who I'd claim is really a conservative had to spin out so many positions because the GOP has those radical right religious fundamentalists.

by Robert Oak 2008-02-10 01:01AM | 0 recs
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The thing that I found truly astonishing is the raw vote.  11,000 and change to 4,000 and change.  Conceded Kansas isn't New York, but weren't there more people at the Democrats' special Las Vegas Strip at-large caucuses--much less the rest of Nevada?

by dell 2008-02-09 12:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Kansas Rebukes John McCain

Those are state delegates, keep in mind.  The little clusters of people show up to a caucus and a few state delegates represent however many people show up to the caucus.

by frankies 2008-02-09 12:56PM | 0 recs
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Kansas Dem caucus was around 27,000.  15,000 turnout for Repubs this year vs. 27,000+ for Dems.  In most of KS, registered Repubs are 70-80% of the registered voters, so this is very disproportionate turnout.  Of course, their nomination process is pretty much locked up by now, which will depress turnout.  Still, Repub turnout is WAY down.

by milton333 2008-02-09 01:06PM | 0 recs
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Tghere wer 27,000 Democrats participating in the Kansas caucuses compared to 15,000 Republicans?
WHOA!
This is Kansas! Bob Dole's home state. Alf Landon's home state>
Voting Republican is a Kansas state residency requirement and there were twice as many Democrats in the caucus as Republicans.
Not good if you're a Republican.
by spirowasright 2008-02-09 03:46PM | 0 recs
by ccokz 2008-02-09 02:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Kansas Rebukes John McCain

Could Huckabee keep McCain from winning the nomination outright? Could there be a brokered convention for the GOP? I don't know how many Super Delegates there are for the GOP, so I don't know if that is possible.

by C S Strowbridge 2008-02-09 03:46PM | 0 recs

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