First of all here is a press release from the Huckabee campaign:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Tel: 501-324-2008 Office
HUCKABEE TRIUMPHS AT VALUES VOTER DEBATE
Former Arkansas Governor Wins with
63% of Vote
Little Rock, AR – Former Arkansas Governor Mike
Huckabee was the clear winner of last night’s Values Voter Presidential Debate,
winning with a sweeping 63% of the vote.
“We won huge,” said
Huckabee after the votes were in. “I’m pleased, and proud, and honored to have
this historic endorsement from America’s leading social conservatives who
believe, as I do, in the core values which define American culture and
life. This overwhelming vote affirms that conservatives are coalescing
around one candidate and that candidate is me. Together, we will prevail.”
Huckabee came in a strong first place with 219 votes, garnering
more votes than all of the other candidates’ votes combined. Ron Paul was
a distant second-place, with 44 votes; Sam Brownback and Fred Thompson came in
fourth and fifth, with 18 and 15 respectively.
The poll included
340 delegates who were hand-selected by 40 of America’s social activists and
The debate, held at the Broward Center
for the Performing Arts, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was organized by Phyllis
Schlafly, Paul Weyrich, Don Wildmon, Matt Staver, Rick Scarborough, and Janet
What was really impressive was the fact that the delegates voted before the debate and afterwards. Comparing the two votes, Mike’s total increased by 100 votes! Ron Paul lost 9.
The totoals can be found here.
A few more thoughts about last night:
Kudos to Huck for using his time wisely. Since he did not use any of his extra time, Mike was able to talk for two additional minutes (for a total of four minutes) during his final remarks. Thus he got to make a stump speech. that probably won people over.
Ron Paul – During the “Speed Round” I was shocked by an answer he gave about Sudan/Darfur the cnadidates were asked if they would support working to end slavery there and the only red light (giving a no answer) was Ron Paul. This is where he differs with the “Anti-War” crowd. The majority of that bloc wants actions taken in the Sudan. If there is anything that cost Ron Paul his nine votes it was probably this.