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Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee protests Washington results

Associated Press - February 10, 2008 8:03 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is crying foul after John McCain's apparent victory in the Washington state caucuses on Saturday.

Huckabee's campaign has released a statement saying it will be exploring all available legal options regarding what it calls the "dubious final results." McCain was announced as the victor in the caucuses with 26% of the vote to Huckabee's 24%.

But Huckabee's campaign chairman, Ed Rollins, says the Washington Republican Party chairman chose to call the race too quickly for McCain. Rollins says Huckabee was losing by 242 votes with 87% of the vote counted. He says there were another 1,500 or so votes that were apparently not counted.

Rollins calls that "an outrage."

Huckabee on Saturday won all 36 delegates at stake in Kansas and narrowly held on to win Louisiana's primary. However, he badly trails McCain, the likely nominee, in the overall race for delegates.

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