Mike Huckabee Declares Candidacy

Mike Huckabee Declares Candidacy (Image 1)

(Tracie Potts, NBC News) The 2016 Presidential race is getting crowded – at least 15 candidates are running – or considering a run.

One more officially throws his hat in the ring today.

Today former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee becomes the latest Republican to declare his candidacy.  Unlike the others who announced this week – Huckabee has been down this road before.

“Nailed Shut” is the title of the video Mike Huckabee’s using to kick off his campaign today.

He’ll make the announcement from the heart of Clinton-land: hope Arkansas… Arguing it’s there – in small communities, not in Washington – where government should have the most power. “Power needs to be local and limited,” said Mike Huckabee, (R) Presidential Candidate.

The former Arkansas governor follows Dr. Ben Carson and ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina announcing this week.

But Huckabee may have an advantage: “This thing this gets even more exciting when the Governors get in because the Governors have governed,” said Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

Huckabee has been here before. He won Iowa in 2008 but failed to win the party’s nomination.

He’s popular with evangelical Christians – but it’s unclear whether he can win over the mainstream Republicans.

Analysts think Huckabee is likely to pull Republican candidates to the right, especially on social issues.

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