Huckabee’s Candidacy Could Mean Showdown with Libertarians

by Fred Lucas  |  published on May 8, 2015

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be entering a very different Republican primary field when he announces his candidacy Tuesday, one that will likely bring up the debate over where libertarians stand in the Republican party, while also facing more competition for social conservative voters than eight years ago.

“Huckabee does have name recognition having been on Fox News all this time,” Tim Hagle, a political science professor at the University of Iowa, told TheBlaze. “At the same time, after he won the caucuses here in 2008, there was a lot of concern that he wasn’t as conservative as some thought.”

On Tuesday, Huckabee is returning to his hometown of Hope, Arkansas to announce he is running again for president. Huckabee won the Iowa caucus in 2008 and seven other states that year, but failed to capture the Republican party’s nomination.

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