VIRGINA BEACH, Va. -- In a scene reminiscent of a Sunday sermon, Mike Huckabee took the good news that his candidacy would press on to a packed house at a Holiday Inn, Monday afternoon.
Before a crowd of about 350, with people yelling the occasional "preach it," Huckabee said he was going to fight until the end.
"I decided that until someone gets 1,191 delegates by the rules that have been designed by the very party bosses who now want to shut it down, they said that's what it took to win ladies and gentlemen," Huckabee said.
"Until someone gets that we are in this race for you and every other conservative American who wants a choice," he said.
Huckabee is hoping to pick up some much needed momentum after his surprise wins in the Kansas and Louisiana caucuses this past weekend.
"An interesting thing has been happening since last week," he told the audience. "The national media has been trying to say the election is over…Somebody didn't tell the people in Kansas, and someone forgot to tell the people in Louisiana."
Another Big Endorsement
Huckabee is also hoping that a new endorsement from Paul Weyrich, a big name in conservative circles, will help, despite polls showing Huckabee well behind Sen. John McCain.
When CBN News asked Huckabee if he wished the endorsement had come earlier, he responded by saying "I'm just personally grateful for it even if it didn't mean something for the campaign, I think it does, it's something for which I'm personally grateful."
According to the latest Associated Press count, McCain has 719 delegates while Huckabee trails with only 234.
Tuesday, voters in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., will cast their votes, and Huckabee is praying that he will be victorious.
"Tomorrow you're going to go vote, and the whole country is going to watch Virginia, and D.C., and they're going to ask if this race is still on," Huckabee said. "And you're going to prove that it is."
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