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National HuckPAC Volunteers are Helping McDonnell

Sandhya Somashekhar

HuckPAC, the political action committee founded by former Arkansas governor, presidential hopeful and Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee, has taken an early and intense interest in Bob McDonnell's run for governor.

Huckabee himself has campaigned for McDonnell in Virginia. In the latest show of support, volunteers from across the country made nearly 11,000 phone calls to Virginia voters on Saturday as part of a phone-banking effort organized by the group, talking up the Republican candidate's pro-life record, his support of gun rights and his efforts to create jobs and spur the economy.

"One of the things we learned during our campaign is that we're not going to be able to do much by way of money," said Sarah Huckabee, executive director of the organization and daughter of the former governor. "But one of ... our strengths is our grass roots, our ability to get ordinary people to make extraordinary sacrifices and roll up their sleeves and get to work."

Expect to hear more from this group and others like it as the November election approaches. Organizers aim to have at least one more telephone outreach effort, and hope to bus activists into the state to knock on doors and volunteer.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  August 24, 2009; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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I was surprised during Election 2008 at the spirit and energy of Huckabee's supporters. Huckabee never pulled in much campaign money, but he still earned more delegates than Romney, who seemed to have the 'country-club GOP' donors locked up. Seemed like Huckabee connected much more with a broader cross-section of the voting public; Romney seemed to connect only with media personalities. It will be VERRRY interesting to see what happens next time, when Huckabee has the name recognition and media coverage that he sorely lacked last time. When I checked out his record as governor of Arkansas, I was pleasantly surprised. Pretty solid.

Posted by: PayingAttention1 | August 25, 2009 2:16 AM | Report abuse

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