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Supporters see Huckabee moving toward presidential run

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Mike Huckabee’s supporters say they believe the former Arkansas governor is inching toward another run for president.

Huckabee’s top advisers from his 2008 bid say he seems increasingly encouraged by recent polls showing him atop a scattered field of possible candidates for the 2012 Republican nomination. Ed Rollins, Huckabee’s national campaign chairman four years ago, said he has been contacting fund-raisers to give Huckabee a sense of how much support he would have for another presidential bid.

“He’s not said to me, per se, ‘Ed, I’m running,’ but we wouldn’t be having planning meetings and all of the rest of it if he wasn’t,’’ Rollins said

Speculation about Huckabee’s intentions has intensified since a surprise announcement this week from Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, who said he would not seek the nomination. Barbour’s exit could improve the chances for another Southerner in the race. The only other serious challenger with ties in the region, which is now the GOP’s political base, is former House speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia.

A bid by Huckabee, a Baptist minister, could shake up the GOP field, especially for Republicans hoping to win support among the party’s social conservatives. The winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Huckabee has kept. a high profile over the past four years with a weekly Fox News Channel show and a nationally syndicated radio program.


Source: boston.com



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