Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has announced that he is leaving the Fox News Channel. Since late 2008, Huckabee has hosted a weekend show on FNC following his upstart run for the GOP nomination earlier that year. Huckabee is once again pondering another White House bid in 2016 and is expected to make a decision by the spring.
My guess is that Huckabee will run. I can’t imagine him leaving such a lucrative gig if he wasn’t all in. Frankly, I can’t see Huckabee winning the GOP nomination. But there remains a strong constituency of social conservatives within the GOP and with fewer Republicans willing to oppose gay marriage, he could stand apart from the crowd and make a run of it. It wouldn’t surprise me if he were to win the Iowa Caucuses again.
On the other hand, if Rick Santorum (who narrowly won the Iowa Caucuses in 2012) runs again then that social conservative vote is split. Of the two, Huckabee would be the stronger candidate. While Santorum is dogged and determined, he can be his own worst enemy and sometimes comes off like a sourpuss. Huckabee’s greatest asset is that he is a happy warrior. It took him far in 2008.
If Huckabee runs and once again falls short, he could be a viable running mate for someone like Jeb Bush to shore up conservative support.
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