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McCain Wins Virginia

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) walks to his office from the subway on Capitol Hill Tuesday after a series of votes. (AP photo).

By Amy Gardner
Sen. John McCain narrowly defeated former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in the Virginia Republican primary today.

With about half the vote counted, McCain was ahead 47 percent to 44 percent, a lead that was expected to hold.

Still, Huckabee's strong showing suggested difficulties for McCain. Despite his status as the presumptive nominee, McCain performed poorly among evangelicals and conservatives, according to the exit polls. Although it is nearly impossible for Huckabee to win the GOP nomination now, the results demonstrate the challenge McCain faces to win conservatives over before the fall election.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  February 12, 2008; 8:55 PM ET
Categories:  John McCain , Primaries , The GOP  
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