Okay, so the title is a little over the top. But there is good news for the Huckabee campaign today from the Washington Briefing.
While Huckabee lost the straw poll, he won the on-site voting 5/1. There were 488 people who voted for Huckabee at the conference (as opposed to online) while 99 voted for Romney.
That isn’t a perfect measure of the people who attended the conference, as some people who attended the conference voted online. But it is a clear indication that for those who weren’t previously on board the Romney campaign, Huckabee is their guy.
Which narrative is going to take hold–that Romney won the straw poll (by 30 votes) or that Huckabee beat him 5/1 among those at the event itself (this includes, I assume, the various people that Romney brought in specifically to support him on the site).