Mike Huckabee, a bass-playing former Baptist minister, has emerged the Republican winner in the Iowa caucus despite a relatively modest war chest. He set aside his guitar, which had become a signature tune of his campaign as he accepted victory.
“Tonight the people of Iowa made a choice and their choice was clear,” he said. “Their choice was for a change, but that choice for a change doesn’t end just saying ‘let’s changes things’. Changes can be for the better or can be for the worse. Our challenge is to bring this country back toghether, to make Americans once again more proud to be Americans than just to be Democrats or Republicans, to be more concerned about going up instead of just going to the left or to the rignt.”
A few weeks ago, the former Baptist minister was an outsider in this race.
But he has surged in polls in recent weeks and the Iowa win puts him firmly in the front. It should also ensure him the cash he needs to fund the rest of his campaign.