POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Huckabee Disputes Washington State GOP Results

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's campaign has filed a complaint disputing the results of the GOP caucuses in Washington State, where the Republican Party last night declared Arizona Sen. John McCain the winner.

McCain won 25.5 percent of the vote, to Huckabee's 23.7 percent. But the statement released by Washington officials said only 87 percent of the precincts had been counted so far, so Huckabee officials now argue that the former governor can close the margin if the rest of the votes are counted.

"It is very unfortunate that the Washington State Party Chairman, Luke Esser, chose to call the race for John McCain after only 87 percent of the vote was counted," Huckabee campaign chairman Ed Rollins said in a statement. According to CNN, the difference between Senator McCain and Governor Huckabee is a mere 242 votes, out of more than 12,000 votes counted -- with another 1500 or so votes, apparently, not counted. That is an outrage."

Esser did not immediately return an e-mail message seeking comment.

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