Image: Mike Huckabee
Danny Johnston  /  AP
Mike Huckabee leaves a news conference in Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday.
updated 2/19/2008 10:41:29 PM ET 2008-02-20T03:41:29

Mike Huckabee said Tuesday passion for his beliefs — not his ego — was the reason he remains in the Republican presidential race despite near-impossible odds.

Rival John McCain collected another primary win in Wisconsin and moved closer to the 1,191 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Huckabee hasn't won a contest since Feb. 9.

"It's not about ego," Huckabee told reporters at a Little Rock hotel. The former Arkansas governor said he still wanted to deliver his message about issues important to him, such as opposition to abortion and a revised U.S. tax policy.

"We're going to keep marching on," Huckabee said. He already has campaign appearances set in Ohio and Texas, which hold primaries March 4.

Huckabee said he had spoken with McCain after the Wisconsin primary and he thanked his opponent for running a civil campaign. "Clearly we were disappointed by the results in Wisconsin," but Huckabee said he would look for the good amid the bad news.

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