Huckabee: It’s a two man race and we are in it

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, picking up on the rhetoric of rival Mitt Romney, said Tuesday night after a strong showing in the South that the contest for the GOP nomination is a two man race, ostensibly between himself and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE (Ariz.).

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After a win in West Virginia on Tuesday afternoon and two more victories in his home state and Alabama early on Tuesday night, Huckabee addressed the state of the race.

“Lots of people are saying it’s a two-man race,” Huckabee said. “Well, it is, and we’re in it.”

Three big states whose polls closed hours ago are still awaiting results late on Super Tuesday. In Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, close races are too close to call after 10 p.m. EST. All carry more than 50 delegates. Huckabee held leads of three or less points in those three states with between half and three-fourths of precincts reporting.

He called his win in West Virginia, in which he took most of Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) supporters on a second ballot to come from behind, a “surprising, stunning and wonderful victory.”