House vote seen as big defeat for freshman Governor Patrick.
By bowing out now, the GOP conservative leaves his options open for 2012
The black vote was key to his decisive win Saturday. To be competitive in the Feb. 5 sweepstakes, he'll need a broader coalition of independents, young people, and affluent whites, analysts say.
Loss is major setback for Huckabee. Romney remains contender with win in Nevada.