Mike Huckabee Backs Nathan Deal in Governor Race

5:10 PM, Aug 5, 2010   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is the latest outsider to enter the endorsement fray in the Georgia Republican gubernatorial runoff. The FOX news host and former Arkansas Governor announced Thursday he and his PAC would back Nathan Deal.

Since Deal forced a runoff with Karen Handel in the primary, the two camps have sought major national endorsements. Handel has landed former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who will campaign the day before the runoff. Deal has landed nearly all of the Georgia Republican Congressional delegation and Newt Gingrich.

What remains to be seen is whether the backing will be a difference-maker for the candidates or just national noise in an already clamorous race.

In a statement, Huckabee said:

"As Georgia's Governor, Nathan would not only support a [federal] Fair Tax, he'd champion it - having been a co-sponsor of the Fair Tax since its introduction to Congress. It was also important to me that a man I deeply respect, Georgia Congressman John Linder, also supports Nathan. The National Rifle Association and Georgia Right to Life have endorsed Nathan, and he believes marriage can only be defined as being between one man and one woman.

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