Texas Could Be Huckabee's Last Stand

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It may not be the Alamo - exactly.

But Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee may be making his last stand in the Lone Star State.

The Texans, of course, rebounded and ultimately won their independence.

But things don't look as rosy for Huckabee. Despite the odds, he has urged supporters to turn out in Texas as he campaigned Monday across the state.

The former Arkansas governor is hoping a Texas primary win could keep Republican front-runner John McCain from getting the necessary number of delegates required to get the nomination.

But a clean sweep of Tuesday night's primaries could cinch the nomination for McCain. The Arizona senator has an insurmountable lead in the delegate count.

Voters in Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island also go to the polls tomorrow.

McCain's Evangelical Endorsement

McCain has received the endorsement of Texas televangelist John Hagee.

But some Catholic groups are pressuring McCain to reject the endorsement. Hagee has been criticized for calling the Catholic Church "a false cult system."

"Indeed, for the past few decades, he has waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church," said Catholic League President Bill Donohue.

"Senator Obama has repudiated the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, another bigot. McCain should follow suit and retract his embrace of Hagee," he said. He was referring to Barack Obama, who said he would "reject and denounce" any help from Farrakhan.

McCain issued a statement saying only that he doesn't agree with everything Hagee says.

"In no way did I intend for his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of Pastor Hagee's views, which I obviously do not," McCain said.

Before issuing the statement, he told reporters he was "proud" of Hagee's spiritual leadership of his congregation.

The controversy appears mild so far, but every vote counts in a tight presidential race. It remains to be seen how much Hagee could hurt McCain's standing among Catholic voters.

Democrats, however, are doing their best to keep the fracas alive, with Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean raising it Sunday on CNN's "Late Edition."

"What about a guy who is a vicious anti-Catholic, who is supporting John McCain, and John McCain does not denounce or reject him?" Dean said.

So far, McCain has enjoyed strong support from Catholics, who make up about a quarter of the electorate.

Source: The Associated Press

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