Huckabee Hailed as Favorite at Spartanburg County Convention

Spartanburg County, SC – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee beat out Republican competition Saturday by more than 400 points at the Spartanburg County convention, reflecting growing momentum for his possible 2008 White House bid in South Carolina. Huckabee pulled in 3522 points, followed by Rudy Guiliani with 3161.

Huckabee also came in second place in a straw poll in Greenville County with 111 votes. Mitt Romney placed first with 132.

“My authentic conservative message is clearly resonating in South Carolina, which represents the core of the Republican Party,” Huckabee said. “We’re gaining significant momentum in South Carolina. I’m confident it will carry us through the early primaries.”

“Greenville and Spartanburg are the two biggest counties and most politically active in all of South Carolina,” said Mike Campbell, who heads up Huckabee’s efforts in the Palmetto State. “You can’t win South Carolina without winning Greenville and Spartanburg.”

“Greenville and Spartanburg represent the core of South Carolina Reagan-Bush country. It is evident that it’s fast becoming Huckabee country,” he said.

“This is a wonderful – and significant – political development for Mike Huckabee that affirms my strong belief in his values and leadership qualities. I’m very pleased, but not surprised, with these results,” said Mrs. Iris Campbell, honorary chairwoman of Huckabee’s South Carolina presidential campaign.

The former Arkansas governor left South Carolina for Washington D.C. and New York to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Among his scheduled events, Huckabee will be a guest on national news programs today and Monday. His schedule includes:

Monday, April 23, 2007

11:30 p.m. ET – Guest on Comedy Central’s “The Stephen Colbert Report” with host Stephen Colbert. The program will re-run Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. ET and 8:30 p.m. ET.