ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Karen Travers Report: Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee claimed Friday that if he wins the March 4th states of Texas and Ohio, he can deny Arizona Sen. John McCain the GOP nod, putting the nomination in the hands of pledged — but not bound — convention delegates who would choose him as the more conservative candidate.
"If we win Texas, I think it changes the dynamics of this race," said Huckabee. "It could well go all the way to the convention. If the convention delegates pick the president, chances are they would pick the most conservative. I would be the one they would end up picking, if that’s the criteria."
It’s worth noting that Texas and Ohio are winner-take-all by congressional district — not by statewide vote — which makes Huckabee’s dream scenario more difficult. It’s also worth noting that McCain, who has 906 delegates, is so far ahead of Huckabee, who has only 247 delegates, that it is hard to imagine the Arizona senator not getting the 1,191 delegates needed for the GOP nomination in the contests remaining.
But in light of Thursday’s New York Times story, Friday’s Huckabee interview is an interesting glimpse into the thinking of the former Baptist minister.
Huckabee made his comments during an interview with 1200 WOAI News, a San Antonio radio station.