By Sam Youngman - 01/19/08 09:20 PM EST
Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) was projected to win the South Carolina Republican primary Saturday night, emerging victorious from a tight race with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
The win in South Carolina, where the race was too close to call for much of the evening, is doubly sweet for McCain. A tough loss here against then-Gov. George W. Bush practically ended the senator’s first White House run in 2000.
For Huckabee and former Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.), the loss could be viewed as devastating as the state has a large, socially conservative base. Their inability to emerge victorious here could spell trouble for them.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigned sparingly in South Carolina. However, he won the Nevada caucuses earlier Saturday.