Posted: August 16, 2007 1:55 PM
Huckabee Basks in Straw Poll Spotlight
After his second-place finish in Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, Mike Huckabee made the rounds on national TV, finally giving the little-known conservative candidate some exposure.
“It really was a David-Goliath moment,” Huckabee told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday. “We went out there with a smooth stone and a sling and a whole lot of hardy volunteers.”
All together, Huckabee estimated that he spent less than $90,000 for the day’s events, compared to the millions spent by the winner former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who splurged on an air-conditioned tent filled with TV screens.
Huckabee on the other hand had to provide his own entertainment. He took the stage as base player in his band Capitol Offense and rolled out a special treat for his visitors: watermelons from his hometown of Hope, Ark.
On Wednesday, Huckabee told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that said he was still celebrating — and the money was beginning to pour in. “We had a thousand new donors from Saturday night to Tuesday. And we raised more money online in about two days than we had raised almost in the previous four weeks,” he said.
Next step: New Hampshire. The former Arkansas governor hopes to carry his momentum to the Granite State over the next few days with his first stop a spaghetti dinner in Manchester. Through the weekend, he has scheduled events in Kingston, Center Strafford, North Conway, Auburn, Concord, and Hollis before returning to Manchester on Monday.
But the former Baptist pastor’s campaign as the social conservative may not play as well in New Hampshire where voters tend to be more liberal on social issues.