Ft. Lee, NJ -- In a speech given Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee snarkily announced to the crowd that his party's vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, won more votes when she ran for Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than the votes that Democratic Sen. Joe Biden won in the 2008 presidential race.
I really wish that instead of checking his coat at the door, Huckabee had checked his facts.
When Palin ran for re-election in 1999, she won the race by 909 votes to 292 against her competitor, John Stein.
As far as the votes garnered by Biden, let's start with the first state to hold a presidential caucus, Iowa. On caucus day Sen. Biden won 2,328 votes in that state, and won additional votes in other states as well. This info is from the CNN Elections Center.
Not only was Huckabee incorrect in his matter-of-fact statement -- just by counting the votes in ONE STATE in the Democratic primaries, Biden won MORE THAN TWICE the votes that Palin did. And on February 6, also known as Super Tuesday, he had at lease one vote in my home state of New Jersey -- mine.
So, Huckabee, it would be ever so much more helpful next time to remember this rule:
keep your coat, and check your facts.