Huckabee Named Winner in WV GOP Convention

By: Scott Saxton; Michael Wooten Email
By: Scott Saxton; Michael Wooten Email

UPDATE @ 10:30pm
Mike Huckabee did an interview with CNN's Campbell Brown Tuesday night and she asked him about the backroom deals that took place during the WV GOP Convention. Huckabee denied any deals, despite admissions from the McCain ground campaign in West Virginia that it sent its votes over to Huckabee.

Huckabee said, “I have not talked to Senator McCain or people on his staff about West Virginia. You know, every time we win something, somebody tries to figure out a way to explain it away. Truth is people voted for me. They had a chance to vote for somebody else. And when they didn’t vote – when their candidate -- either John McCain or Ron Paul didn’t get the votes on the first ballot and they had to pick somebody else, they picked me. It’s as simple as that. I think it shows that when this party wants to come together, it looks to somebody they know can carry the message. People in WV believed I can do it. Yesterday, Mitt Romney was saying don’t be a whiner. Yesterday, he was against whining. Today, he’s for whining. So I think we just need to say we won WV and he’ll just have to deal with it.”

A WSAZ photojournalist also recorded video of McCain staffers holding signs to tell their delegates to vote for Huckabee.

UPDATE @ 4:42pm
Mike Huckabee came away with the win in West Virginia Tuesday, but had to make a deal with his opponents to get there. After one round of voting, Huckabee was in second place. Mitt Romney was in first place in West Virginia. During the intermission, WSAZ has learned that both the campaigns of John McCain and Ron Paul agreed to steer their delegates to Huckabee.

For McCain, it was a chance to stop Mitt Romney from getting a much needed win in the first Super Tuesday announcement. Romney is McCain's closest opponent in many national polls. (In fact, we found some McCain staffers holding signs to tell their delegates to vote Huckabee in the second round. They did NOT like our cameras getting pictures of them doing this by the way.)

WSAZ has learned that Huckabee will give three of his 18 delegates to the Ron Paul campaign in exchange for the support in West Virginia.

"We struck a deal with the Huckabee people. They came to us and dealt with us honorably and with respect. And so we told them that if Dr. Paul didn't make it through the first round, that we would go for their man. They pledged us three delegates to the republican national convention," Edward Burgess, Paul campaign spokesman, told WSAZ.

Romney's campaign was not happy with this development as you can imagine. At the end of the convention, the Romney camp tried to call for a roll call vote of delegates, but the chairman would not allow that.

One unidentified Romney staffer told WSAZ, "it took three candidates together to beat him."



UPDATE @ 2:40pm:
Here is the breakdown of votes in each county for the second round:

County Huckabee / McCain / Romney
Barbour 4 / 0 / 12
Berkeley 16 / 2 / 23
Boone 10 / 0 / 2
Braxton 9 / 0 / 1
Brooke 2 / 0 / 11
Cabell 31 / 0 / 8
Calhoun 5 / 0 / 0
Clay 11 / 0 / 8
Doddridge 1 / 0 / 5
Fayette 9 / 0 / 9
Gilmer 6 / 0 / 0
Grant 3 / 0 / 5
Greenbrier 15 / 0 / 15
Hampshire 14 / 0 / 5
Hancock 10 / 3 / 9
Hardy 9 / 0 / 6
Harrison 19 / 0 / 16
Jackson 12 / 0 / 15
Jefferson 17 / 1 / 9
Kanawha 28 / 0 / 45
Lewis 13 / 0 / 8
Lincoln 5 / 0 / 5
Logan 9 / 0 / 7
Marion 3 / 0 / 19
Marshall 16 / 0 / 6
Mason 6 / 0 / 3
McDowell 0 / 0 / 1
Mercer 15 / 1 / 11
Mineral 17 / 0 / 11
Mingo 1 / 0 / 0
Monongalia 14 / 0 / 18
Monroe 2 / 0 / 2
Morgan 12 / 0 / 2
Nicholas 14 / 0 / 9
Ohio 5 / 1 / 22
Pendleton 5 / 0 / 10
Pleasants 13 / 0 / 7
Pocahontas 4 / 0 / 5
Preston 16 / 0 / 10
Putnam 11 / 2 / 17
Raleigh 25 / 0 / 12
Randolph 10 / 0 / 10
Ritchie 9 / 0 / 11
Roane 8 / 0 / 13
Summers 15 / 0 / 3
Taylor 4 / 0 / 11
Tucker 10 / 0 / 5
Tyler 5 / 1 / 11
Upshur 5 / 0 / 21
Wayne 21 / 0 / 5
Webster 3 / 0 / 2
Wetzel 1 / 0 / 6
Wirt 8 / 0 / 7
Wood 23 / 1 / 22
Wyoming 8 / 0 / 5
TOTAL 567 / 12 / 521



UPDATE @ 2:43pm
Here's the final & official breakdown of the votes:

Mike Huckabee 567 - 52 percent
Mitt Romney 521 - 47 percent
John McCain 12 - 1 percent



UPDATE @ 2:24pm
From the Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Mike Huckabee won the first contest declared on Super Tuesday, picking up all 18 national delegates awarded at West Virginia's state GOP convention.

Huckabee bested Mitt Romney, who entered the Mountain State event with the largest bloc of pledged convention-goers. Both men and Ron Paul made in-person appeals to the more than 1,100 convention delegates attending Tuesday's convention.

But the former Arkansas governor beat his Massachusetts counterpart after delegates for John McCain defected to his side.

The first round of voting at the state convention produced no winner, but eliminated Paul after his fourth-place finish.

The results are the first from the 21 states with GOP primaries or caucuses Tuesday.



UPDATE @ 2:14pm
The final vote is in on the West Virginia Republican Convention -- and Mike Huckabee has been named the winner. It will be made official in 5 minutes.

Here are the unofficial numbers:
524 - Huckabee
479 - Romney
11 - McCain



From the Associated Press:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's GOP convention failed to select a winner during a first round of voting today.

The voting followed personal appeals by presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul for the 18 seats up for grabs to the national nominating convention.

Paul was eliminated from the next round of balloting, after a fourth-place finish among the 1,133 participating delegates. Romney attracted 41 percent of the votes, followed by Huckabee with 33 percent.

John McCain, who is stumping elsewhere today, reached the second round with 15 percent. Paul had 10 percent.

During his speech to convention participants, Romney promised to tackle Social Security, excessive federal spending and health care access.

Huckabee cast illegal immigration as one example of what ails Washington, while also declaring that the nation's tax system is beyond fixing.

Paul pledged to stick to a strict constitutional view of the president's fiscal, foreign policy and military powers. He also echoed his opposition to the Iraq war.

West Virginia is one of 21 states with GOP primaries or caucuses today.



Here are the results of the WV GOP Convention as they are announced at the Charleston Civic Center:

A majority was not reached in the first round, so a second round of voting will happen:

TOTAL:
375 - Huckabee
176 - McCain
118 - Paul
464 - Romney



ROUND ONE

Barbour County
0 - Huckabee
5 - McCain
3 - Paul
8 - Romney

Berkley County
2 - Huckabee
14 - McCain
4 - Paul
22 - Romney

Boone County
1 - Huckabee
2 - McCain
7 - Paul
3 - Romney

Braxton County
5 - Huckabee
3 - McCain
1 - Paul
1 - Romney

Brooke County
2 - Huckabee
2 - McCain
1 - Paul
8 - Romney

Cabell County
32 - Huckabee
1 - McCain
2 - Paul
7 - Romney

Calhoun County
1 - Huckabee
0 - McCain
4 - Paul
0 - Romney

Clay County
5 - Huckabee
6 - McCain
0 - Paul
8 - Romney

Doddridge County
0 - Huckabee
0 - McCain
1 - Paul
5 - Romney

Fayette County
8 - Huckabee
4 - McCain
1 - Paul
5 - Romney

Grant County
2 - Huckabee
1 - McCain
0 - Paul
4 - Romney

Greenbrier County
8 - Huckabee
5 - McCain
4 - Paul
13 - Romney

Gilmer County

Hampshire County
8 - Huckabee
7 - McCain
1 - Paul
3 - Romney

Hancock County
4 - Huckabee
8 - McCain
2 - Paul
8 - Romney

Hardy County
6 - Huckabee
3 - McCain
1 - Paul
4 - Romney

Harrison County
21 - Huckabee
0 - McCain
1 - Paul
13 - Romney

Jackson County
5 - Huckabee
7 - McCain
4 - Paul
11 - Romney

Jefferson County
3 - Huckabee
4 - McCain
14 - Paul
9 - Romney

Kanawha County
20 - Huckabee
8 - McCain
0- Paul
45 Romney

Lewis County
2 - Huckabee
8 - McCain
3 - Paul
8 - Romney


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