Mike Huckabee bowed to reality Tuesday and he quit the race after John McCain clinched the nomination in Texas.

“We kept the faith,” he told his end-of-the-road rally Tuesday after John McCain clinched the nomination. “I’d rather lose an election than lose the principles that got me into politics in the first place. It’s time for us to hit the reset button.”
Huckabee won the leadoff Iowa caucuses, making him a sudden but short-lived sensation, and then seven other states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana and Kansas. Meantime, McCain piled up big victories on his way to winning the prize on Tuesday night.

Huckabee said he was proud that he and McCain ran a civil campaign. He told supporters in Columbia, S.C., the night he lost there, “Even though I’d like the outcome to be just a little different, I had rather be where I am, and have done it with honor, than to have won with the dishonor of getting there by attacking somebody else.”

We may never know why Mike Huckabee hung on until the end, but he certainly kept the race interesting. Thank you for running Mike Huckabee, and we wish you the best of luck.

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