Mike Huckabee gave John McCain a run for his money, but it's over.
McCain will win for Virginia but it was not a blowout. Evangelicals came out in droves for Huckabee which goes straight to the point that McCain has some work to do with a very important part of the GOP base. The folks who voted for Huckabee tonight must somehow turn and vote for McCain in the General Election. That's the heavy lifting for the McCain camp.
Read more below from The Associated Press:
Mike Huckabee's recent refrain about believing in miracles makes the ordained Baptist minister seem almost prophetic. Christian evangelicals in Virginia seemed to send would-be Republican nominee John McCain a message from on high - they won't roll over easily. Although the Arizona senator has effectively sealed the GOP nomination, Huckabee and his faith-focused followers waged a fierce fight to overtake McCain in what should have been a stronghold for the Vietnam veteran given the state's long military tradition and the backing of Sen. John Warner. Twice as many white born-again or evangelical Christians voted in this year's GOP primary as they did eight years ago - and a vast majority of them sided with Huckabee.
The story of the Huckabee campaign is very simple: great Evangelical turnout has propelled him near the top of the GOP heap but it's not enough because he is seen as weak on national security, experience and the issue of electability. 2012 may be different.