At this point in the race, I’m fascinated with Mike Huckabee’s refusal to quit the race. No one really expects him to win, and at this point, we have to ask how well his continued campaigning is serving the Republican Party. Regardless of your position as a Democrat or Republican, this is an interesting media “perception” issue. For instance, on the positive side, Huckabee’s position is that his voice continues to be heard, and the differences in the candidates need to be clear. I assume he wants certain issues to continue to be discussed. He considers himself the dark horse – the come from behind guy. But with no real chance of winning, he also has the potential to be seen as the “driven by ego, not policy guy.” Plus, every day the fight continues is one less day for the Republicans to pull together as a solid force for the general election. While Democrats are punching it out between Hillary and Obama, the Republicans could be solidifying a message that would potentially expand their voting base. It will be interesting to see how the public views Mike’s strategy and if it backfires.
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