February 5, 2008
The first match in Super Tuesday in going to Mike Huckabee. In a convention, Republicans in West Virginia decided to give the state's 18 delegates to Huckabee.
The first round of voting produced no winner, but elminated Ron
Paul, who had come in fourth. He and Mitt Romney had kicked off the
day with speeches at the convention.
The director of McCain's West Virginia campaign says the Arizona
senators supporters may have been hoping to deny Romney any early
momentum. Larry Swann says there was "some strategy" involved,
and McCain supporters were put off by Romney's attacks on their
candidate in his speech.
Romney had asked "Are we going to put a true conservative in the house that Ronald Reagan built or are we going to take a left turn?"
There are more than 20 states still to go in Super Tuesday voting on both the Republican and Democratic side. Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledged the day's importance to all candidates, saying "the stakes are huge."