"A surprise win," as ABC's Jake Tapper called it, kicked off Super Tuesday coverage. The Republicans of West Virginia held a convention during the day, which was won on a second ballot. "Supporters of Ron Paul and John McCain threw their weight behind Mike Huckabee so as to prevent Mitt Romney from getting the win," Tapper told us. "The old enemy of my enemy is my friend." The Romney campaign called it "backroom wheeling and dealing" and "inside-Washington shenanigans," reported CBS' Bill Whitaker (no link). NBC's Ron Allen pointed out that West Virginia had been on Romney's "short list" for the day. CBS' Nancy Cordes (no link) speculated that the West Virginia deal "provides new fodder for those who accuse the former pastor of running, at this point, to be Chief Spoiler rather than Commander-in-Chief." ABC's Tapper argued the alternative--"frankly it reminds voters that Huckabee is still running"--and touted his prospects in Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma and Alabama.
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