Mike Huckabee Files Candidacy Papers in NH

Concord, NH – Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee has filed the necessary paperwork to have his name on the New Hampshire presidential primary ballot.  Huckabee signed papers and paid the $1,000 filing fee Thursday at the Secretary of State's Office in Concord, NH.  "I'm excited to take this important step on the road to securing the Republican nomination for president," Huckabee said.  "The people of New Hampshire are a big part of the primary process and I am encouraged at the progress we have made in the Granite State."

Huckabee was accompanied to the Secretary of State's Office by more than 75 supporters, including one of the state's most respected political leaders, Ruth Griffin, who announced her endorsement of the Governor at the filing. "I have been courted by all the candidates and Mike Huckabee is the only one that presents his vision for the future in a genuine way that lets you know his concerns for the future of our country are the same as my concerns. Mike Huckabee is the only candidate that is talking about the kind of things that are important to life in America like education, health care, energy and conservation," said Griffin.

"It is an incredible honor to have Ruth join my national leadership team and head up my national women's coalition. She is one of the most respected political leaders in New Hampshire and sought after by all the presidential campaigns. I consider myself very fortunate to have her experience, wisdom and counsel as our campaign continues to build momentum," said Huckabee.  

Griffin served as an Excecutive Councilor from 1987-2006 and is the first woman to serve in the House, Senate and Executive Council. She was a two-term Republican National Committeewoman and member of two Constitutional Conventions. She served as a Portsmouth Police Commissioner for 10 years. Griffin currently chairs the Portsmouth Housing Authority and is the Regional Director of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. 

Huckabee continues to gain momentum in the key early states.  In Iowa, a recent Rasmussen Reports poll shows him in a statistical tie with former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson and leading national frontrunner Rudy Giuliani by 6 percent.  Rasmussen Reports, the nation's most accurate polling firm during the 2004 presidential election, indicated Romney attracts 25 percent of likely caucus participants, followed by Thompson at 19 percent and Huckabee at 18 percent, "virtually tied for second."