South Carolina republican primary – January 19, 2008

McCain  147,283 33% – 19 delegates

Huckabee  132,440 30% – 5 delegates

…When McCain ran in South Carolina in 2000 against George W. Bush, he, like Huckabee now, said the confederate flag issue is a matter of states’ rights — a laden term in these parts — and should not fall under federal jurisdiction. Later in 2000, after losing the nomination, McCain renounced his states’ rights position, acknowledging, “I chose to compromise my principles. I broke my promise to always tell the truth…. The Confederacy was “on the wrong side of American history. That, my friends, is how I personally feel about the Confederate battle flag. That is the honest answer I never gave to a fair question…”

…On Thursday, Huckabee told voters at a Myrtle Beach campaign event that “You don’t like people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag. In fact, if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we’d tell them what to do with the pole…”

Brett Penrose explains the outcome of the South Carolina republican primary…