Huckabee Emerges in Surprise Wins

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CBNNews.com - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee brought Southern heat to the GOP presidential race, vowing to press on with his campaign for the White House.

Click on the video player to see what Huckabee had to say after results about the the Republican bid being a two-man race.

Wins in the South and strong second place showings in several other primaries boosted Huckabee's campaign, which had been thought to be running a distant third place to his rivals.

In Georgia, Huckabee bested Sen. John McCain and former Massachusett's Gov. Mitt Romney in a tight three-way race for that state. He also nabbed Tennessee.

"I've got to say that Mitt Romney was right about one thing - this is a two-man race. He was just wrong about who the other man in the race was. It's me, not him," Huckabee told the Associated Press.

Huckabee said his strong showings in the South demonstrated that "conservatives do have a choice, because the conservatives have a voice."

With the wins, he is vowing to press on with his campaign for the White House. He told a cheering crowd in Arkansas that those wins prove that he's still on his feet.

"The one way you can't win a race is to quit it, and until somebody beats me, I'm going to answer the bell for every round of this fight," he told the Associated Press.

Huckabee told The Associated Press that he will emerge as the alternative to McCain, stopping short of saying Romney should drop out.

"The conservatives are in the South, and the conservative base of the Republican Party, I'm winning it. And there's just no way to argue that," Huckabee said in the AP interview. "Romney had to be able to show that he was really pulling those conservative votes, and he's not."

So far, he has also won the Republican races in Alabama, his home state of Arkansas, and West Virginia. 

Source: The Associated Press

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