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September 03, 2008

Fact-checking Huckabee's Statement on Palin and Biden Vote Totals

Warning: Liberal

Huckabee said: "Palin got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States." (Taken from NPR Politics Twitter feed.)

Palin got 651 votes when she became mayor of Wasilla in 1996. (Warning, that's a PDF.)

Yes, Biden dropped out after Iowa, but he was still on the ballot. He got 638 votes in New Hampshire and 2863 in Delaware. 693 in South Carolina. I stopped looking at that point, because it's clear that Huckabee was just wrong. (Unless, possibly, he's counting each time she ran for mayor. I'll do more checking about that.)

Update: The other time she ran for mayor, she got 909 votes. (PDF.) Still less than Biden in just those three states.

Posted by Kat at September 3, 2008 09:52 PM

The AP did a bit of fact checking too:


Posted by: Jack at September 4, 2008 08:03 AM

More debunking. This could take a while.


Posted by: Jack at September 4, 2008 10:16 AM

It think the comparison holds up if you limit Biden to votes obtained while a declared candidate for president. (ie if you don't count votes after he dropped out of the race.)

Posted by: Adam J. Schmidt at September 8, 2008 03:19 PM
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