by Max Brantley
Mitt Romney is giving up his race for president.
Can a McCain-Huckabee ticket be far away?
But the immediate question is whether Mike Huckabee, with far less resources than Romney, will stay in the race with McCain's win inevitable? Huckabee supporters are begging him to soldier on. Do you believe in miracles? Or, dare we say, acts of God?
UPDATE: Still no statement from Huckabee camp, but Daniel Nasaw writes for The Guardian that the Romney decision increases the pressure on Huckabee to drop out, too. He notes there's still time for Huckabee to stay home and run against Sen. Mark Pryor.
UPDATE II: We have a Huckabee statement on the jump. Short version: He's staying in. He figures, probably correctly, that coming tests in Kansas, Louisiana and Virginia promise plenty of voters of his kind. With enough delgates, he can maybe dicker for a job for himself and all of his brood, too, plus Hummers all around.
ALSO: KUAR has an interview with Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman about the changed race.
MIKE HUCKABEE STATEMENT
Former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate issued the following statement regarding the exit of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney from the presidential race.
"Today, Mitt Romney announced that he will no longer seek the Republican nomination for President. I wish Mitt and his family all the best.
"Over the past year, Mitt and his entire family have sacrificed a lot during the course of his campaign and for that, we should all be appreciative of their service and dedication.
"This is a two-man race for the nomination, and I am committed to marching on. I believe in the importance of a strong national defense -- which includes winning the war against Islamic extremists and the protection of American sovereignty.
"I am redoubled in my resolve to carry on my campaign in a civil, dignified manner. The issues that got me into this campaign-protecting life and traditional marriage, enacting the Fair Tax, and border security are going to keep me in this campaign.
"As a true authentic, consistent, conservative, I have a vision to bring hope, opportunity and prosperity to all Americans, and I'd like to ask for and welcome the support of those who had previously been committed to Mitt."