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
Hang in there Mike. The base is wanting someone to emerge, and you may just be the ticket. Thompson was supposed to be the man to get the base revved up, but he is on his way out. Folks are afraid of Rudy and Mitt because of their current social views (Rudy) and their past social views (Mitt.)
Mike, it's time for Arkansas to be known for something other than the Clintons.
I hope this is the beginning of a successful presidential run for Huckabee.
I like him the best of all of the Republican candidates running, BY FAR. And, with Brownback out of the picture, maybe he can get more of the conservative vote behind him.