Mike Huckabee easily won the Republican caucuses today in Kansas, keeping his slim hopes alive for the nomination.
With all precincts reporting, Huckabee had 60 percent to John McCain's 24 percent, and Ron Paul's 11 percent, the Associated Press said. Mitt Romney had 3 percent, though he dropped out Thursday.
Huckabee had the support of social conservatives and the state's largest anti-abortion group, and his victory gives him reason to stay in the race. But even with the 36 delegates from Kanass, he still trails McCain by about 400 delegates.
Before conservative activists in Washington this morning, however, Huckabee dismissed suggestions that he drop out because the delegate arithmetic doesn't work.
"I didn't major in math," he said. "I majored in miracles. And I still believe in those."
He pointed out that the majority of states have yet to vote. "People in those states deserve more than a coronation, they deserve an election," he said, as the activists cheered.
Huckabee also said that he did not plan to be a fly in the ointment, but that the Republican part was "about a choice, not a echo."