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Spin Control

About those GOP caucus results…

Facing the prospect of a legal fight with the Huckabee campaign over precinct caucus results, State GOP Chairman Luke Esser issued a statement Tuesday morning insisting he did nothing wrong in declaring John McCain the winner Saturday night.

He even managed to work in a little bit of religion in explaining why he thought it was a good idea to call the close race about 10:15 p.m., with only about 2 percent separating McCain and Huckabee.

Part of the concern, he said, was "that our volunteers do need to get some sleep, and most of them want to be fresh and alert for Sunday church services."

And how can Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, argue with that, the cynical among you might be saying.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.