By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday, November 5 former Arkansas Governor and 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee will come to Hoover personally to sign the paperwork to officially qualify for the Alabama GOP Presidential Primary on March 1. He will be joined at Alabama Republican headquarters in Hoover by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R).
Governor Huckabee said in a statement, “Brick-by-brick, we’re mobilizing a powerful grassroots team of Americans that are eager to burn down the corrupt Washington political machine, and these commonsense conservatives will carry us through the Alabama Republican primary and beyond. Alabamians are sick and tired of Washington’s mess, and it’s time we rebuild our country before it’s too late.”
Secretary of State John Merrill (R) said in his own statement, “In 2008, Governor Huckabee won the Alabama Primary and has shown that he is committed to winning again. Candidates that continue to visit our state are proof that the SEC Primary is real and is working.”
Secretary Merrill continued, “With the assistance and full support of the Alabama Legislature, one of the most significant things we have done in the Secretary of State’s Office is change the primary date to March 1. Since the March primary legislation passed, the top two Democratic candidates and seven of the top Republican candidates have made campaign stops in Alabama, which is unheard of for our state. Our state has a strong voice and it is being heard through the SEC Primary! As Secretary of State, I will continue to position Alabama and the South as a place where Presidential candidates are willing to make an effort to visit and meet our remarkable people.”
Since June, Alabama has been visited by: former Senator Rick Santorum, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Bernie Sanders, New York City Billionaire Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Ohio Gov. Kasich was in Mobile on Tuesday for his second visit to the state. Sen. Rick Santorum’s campaign told the ‘Alabama Political Reporter’ that the former Senator from Pennsylvania will be in the state later this month. Also Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, will attend the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott which ignited the Civil Rights Movement and elevated young pastor Martin Luther King Jr. to the national stage.
Also on Thursday, Huckabee will address the First Baptist Church of Columbia in South Carolina.
Gov. Huckabee said “South Carolinians are fed up with the nonsense that passes for leadership in Washington. I’m running for president because the Washington political machine needs to be burned to the ground, and I’m excited to be back in the Palmetto State to share my vision to rebuild America so we can win again.”
For more information on meeting the candidates, please contact the Office of the Alabama Secretary of State at 334-242-7200.