And the campaign breathes a BIG sigh of relief…

Conservative voter turnout was high in Virginia, helping Huckabee there, exit polls showed.

Evangelical voters made up more than 40 percent of the electorate and were breaking for Huckabee nearly 3 to 1 over McCain, exit polls showed.

In 2000, 55 percent of Virginia GOP voters identified themselves as conservative. This year, those voters made up 68 percent of the electorate, and they were breaking for Huckabee over McCain by 16 percentage points.

Still, it’s close and McCain is going to have to ramp up his campaign if he doesn’t want similar scares.

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