With today’s announcement from Gov. Romney that he is suspending his campaign, many people are now saying that Sen. McCain has the nomination. In the words of ESPN’s Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friends!” Gov. Huckabee is still very much in this race and here is how.
Currently, McCain is estimated to have around 720 delegates. That means in order to secure the nomination and prevent a brokered convention, he has to win 471 more delegates from the states remaining in the primary. However, there are only 963 delegates left. That means that in order to win the nomination, Sen. McCain would have to win 48.9% of the remaining delegates.
Gov. Huckabee’s path to the White House is now clear. Win 493 delegates (51.2%) in the remaining states. If he can do this, he can send this to the Republican National Convention and there he stands a much better chance of winning over the Republican establishment who do not like the idea of nominating John McCain.