Arkansas Supporters Encouraged by Clinton, Huckabee Victories

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Hillary Rodham Clinton's win in New Hampshire and Mike Huckabee's victory in Iowa have left Democrats and Republicans in Arkansas pondering an election that could pit a Clinton against another man from Hope.

Clinton supporters rallied today at the New York senator's Arkansas campaign office in Little Rock.  Congressman Marion Berry told a crowd of about 60 people that it was important that Clinton win the February 5 primary in the state where she served as first lady for 12 years.

While she is not a native Arkansan like her husband, Clinton has been touting her roots in his native state and her history as the state's first lady.  She has held fundraisers in the state and opened a campaign office in downtown Little Rock.

Huckabee, who won the Republican caucus in Iowa last week, is also the clear favorite to win the state's Republican primary in February.  Although he finished third in New Hampshire, Huckabee is focusing on the South Carolina primary to propel him to February 5, when more than 20 states, including Arkansas, hold their nominating contests.

Huckabee has headquartered his campaign in Little Rock and also has touted his Arkansas roots in his surprising jump to the front of the Republican field for president.

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