Huckabee withdraws from race, McCain clenches nomination – Updated

It’s official, Huckabee has withdrawn from the race and recognized McCain as the nominee.

Video of Huckabee’s concession speech:

Quite an amazing speech, he’s certainly setting himself up to run again in the future.

Here’s the story on it from the Star-Telegram:

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain clinched the GOP nomination Tuesday night — with Tarrant County residents’ support — eight years after his first bid for the White House died.

In Texas, Rhode Island, Ohio and Vermont, the U.S. senator from Arizona drew large support, easily pulling ahead of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who once studied at the local Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as Texan U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

McCain, standing near a banner that marked the more than 1,191 delegates he had won, told a Dallas crowd that he never believed he was “destined” to be president — but he asked for everyone’s support.

“Stand up with me, my friends, stand up and fight for America — for her strength, her ideals and her future,” McCain said at his election watch party. “As you know, like all campaigns, it will have its ups and downs. But we will fight every minute of every day to make certain we have a government that is as capable, wise, brave and decent as the great people we serve.

Here’s an ABC News video on McCain clenching the nomination:

So that’s it for the GOP, McCain will be the man in charge. Looking for word on whether Ron Paul will be dropping out as well.


Some of McCain’s victory speech:

McCain has won the primary dance to become the nominee. He will now have to dance the line between appealing to the conservative Republican base and continuing to court independents and moderates.