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With Feb. 5 Focus, Huckabee Skips Fla. Ads

Mike Huckabee, talks to the press on his charter plane while flying from Orlando to Atlanta. (AP).

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Following a crippling loss in South Carolina, the campaign of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee looks to be reassessing its strategy for winning the GOP nomination. Aides announced that the press-friendly campaign would no longer fly reporters with them effective today, but more importantly, the candidate himself told reporters aboard that plane Monday night that his campaign would not air ads in Florida, the delegate-rich state with a Jan 29 primary.

Since the South Carolina primary, Huckabee has focused his attention on Georgia, where he will appear today at an antiabortion rally. The candidate appears to be shifting his attention to a group of Southern states that will vote on Feb. 5 and ceding Florida to the other leading GOP candidates.

"I don't want to abandon Florida yet," Huckabee told reporters Monday on a late-night flight from Orlando to Atlanta, according to the Associated Press. "We have not come to the conclusion that Florida is out of play."

But he added, "We really need to conserve as much as we can" for TV and radio ads in the Feb. 5 states. He said his campaign will evaluate the Florida situation day by day, but has concluded it is too expensive to run ads there.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 22, 2008; 10:38 AM ET
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