Former Governor Huckabee backs Beth Anne Rankin

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) - Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is endorsing Beth Anne Rankin in her race for Congress in the 4th Congressional District.

Rankin's campaign released a statement in which Huckabee endorsed her and said she has excelled in her career and proven her tenacity for difficult jobs. Rankin worked on Huckabee's staff when he was governor and is a former Miss Arkansas.

She faces Hot Springs businessman Glenn Gallas for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Ross.

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