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Reports Of Collusion In WV GOP Convention

From the Atlantic Monthly:

Delegates at the West Virginia Republican Presidential Convention wait for results Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, in Charleston, W.Va.

West Virginia Intrigue

Marc Ambinder

05 Feb 2008

After the first round of balloting in West Virginia, Mitt Romney was solidly in the lead with 41% of the votes, followed by Mike Huckabee with 33% and John McCain with 16%.

Since 50% is needed to win all 18 delegates, a second balloting is underway.

But sources say that representatives for John McCain called many of his reps in WV and asked them to vote for Huckabee…in order to thwart Romney on the second ballot…

And from West Virginia’s Charleston Gazette:

Huckabee wins W.Va. GOP convention

February 5, 2008

By Tom Searls

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee captured the 18 West Virginia delegates up for grabs at the state’s Republican convention on Tuesday, the first of many presidential contests on Super Tuesday.

Huckabee won on the second ballot, after supporters of U.S. Sen. John McCain switched their votes to him. That gave Huckabee 567 votes to 521 for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on the second ballot. McCain had 12 votes.

A candidate needed 50 percent of the ballots cast to get the 18 delegates to the Republican National Convention…

The delegate switch didn’t sit well with Romney supporters. “These are the juvenile actions of a morally bankrupt campaign,” said John McCutcheon of the Phillips Group, which supported Romney’s campaign in the state.

On the first ballot Tuesday morning, Romney was the leading vote getter, with 40.9 percent of the vote. Huckabee was second, with 33.1 percent. McCain had 15.5 percent, and longtime Texas Rep. Ron Paul had 10.4 percent.

Under the convention rules, the candidate with the fewest votes was knocked off the ballot, so that eliminated Paul.

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, McCain’s representative at the event, then conceded defeat and asked McCain boosters to support Huckabee on the second ballot in order to block Romney

Disgusting, but alas not surprising.

(Thanks to Retire05 for the heads up.)

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