Huckabee makes it official.
CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) –- In the state that plans to hold the nation's first presidential primary, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is now official.
On Thursday, the 2008 candidate from Hope, Arkansas, became the second mainstream presidential hopeful to file for a spot on the New Hampshire primary ballot. Representative Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, filed on Tuesday.
Surrounded by supporters and cameras, Huckabee made his way to the second floor of the New Hampshire statehouse, before entering the secretary of state’s office.
There, he continued in the tradition of past candidates, and sat before the historic primary desk, the only piece of furniture that remains from New Hampshire’s original statehouse. After signing Huckabee said playfully, “I think we should retire this desk after today.”
Along with his signature, Huckabee handed state officials a $1,000 filing fee and
signed on his application, “Thanks for being first in the nation and giving America hope.”
Following the ceremony, Huckabee made his way to his Concord campaign office
to celebrate with his staff and supporters.
– CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla