While I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Mike Huckabee, now that he’s out of the race, I think it’s worthy to recognize his truly amazing campaign. In his own words “it’s been a heckuva run.” Just slightly over a year ago, he had less than 1% of support in national GOP polls. Up until straw poll in Iowa, nobody even knew his name. To think this unheard of candidate would go on to win 8 states, 267 delegates and be the last remaining GOP candidate (besides Ron Paul) to drop out is unbelievable. Perhaps even more remarkable is that he accomplished all of this having only raised $13 million. To put that in perspective, Barack Obama raised $55 in February alone.
Even though he was ultimately unsuccessful in his bid for the White House, the effects of his candidacy drastically changed the race. Many believe that his presence split the conservative vote with Mitt Romney and allowed McCain to claim the nomination. Without Huckabee, it might have been Romney who was eating hot dogs with the president this week.
Truth be told, I’m a bit sad to see Huckabee go. I’ll miss his wit, humor and jovial nature in speeches and interviews. I tip my hat to Mike Huckabee for his remarkable campaign and wish him the best in the future.