Over at CNN.com right now you can find an article titled “Florida narrows GOP race down to McCain-Romney battle.”
At other news outlets, in the last couple of days, articles and commentaries with similar titles have been seen, including at www.realclearpolitics.com and www.rasmussenreports.com. There are a few variations on the headline, but the essence is the same.
This is an unfortunate oversimplification. If you’re a Mike Huckabee supporter, you could be forgiven for thinking he’s dropped out of the race. The truth is, however, Huckabee is poised to have his best results of the race next Tuesday, Feb 5. That’s the day that’s also known as Super Tuesday.
On Super Tuesday 24 states are scheduled to vote, and at this writing Huckabee is polling in first place or tied for first place in at least five of them. (see the end of this article for a list of those states) And I’m here to tell you that anyone who wins five states on Super Tuesday is a contender.
Unfortunately, I’m hearing from people that they’ve heard that Huckabee can’t win now, and that makes them reluctant to throw their support behind him.
Why do CNN, Real Clear Politics, Rasmussen Reports, MSN, and any number of other news outlets do this? I think it’s because they’re burned out. They don’t want to cover multi-candidate races anymore; it’s cheaper to cover and easier to analyze a two-candidate race. So they’re trying to fit a square news peg into a round coverage hole, and in doing so they may be influencing the race.
This behavior is indefensible. We should never permit any news organization to influence a political race in any way. This isn’t like Ron Paul complaining about a lack of coverage, either. Paul has never topped 10% support in any national poll. Mike Huckabee has excellent credentials, has won one state, sits third in the delegate count, and is on track to win multiple states next week. To snub such a candidate in this way is unacceptable and irresponsible.
Huckabee leads in the following states: