Could Mike Huckabee be America's Second Black President?
9:55 AM, Jan 15, 2008 • By BRIAN FAUGHNAN
Given the suddenly painful and prominent debate over race relations currently going on among Senators Clinton and Obama, and among Democratic leaders, it's worth noting that there's one Republican presidential candidate who has demonstrated an ability to win African-American votes: Mike Huckabee.
Exit polls show Huckabee won 48 percent of the African-American vote when he ran for Governor in 1998, and though experts apparently agree that that figure is too high, there's no doubt he did better than most Republicans do:
If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, but alienates African-Americans in the process, Mike Huckabee could be an unwelcome opponent. His cultural conservatism and his populist message could be a winning combination for black voters who are unwilling to overlook her disparaging comments about Barack Obama and Marin Luther King. It might prove one more surprise in an electoral cycle full of them.