Mike Huckabee drops out of 2016 presidential race

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Mike Huckabee Suspends Presidential Campaign


WASHINGTON — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee dropped out of the presidential race Monday, marking his second unsuccessful run for president.

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Huckabee entered the contest in May, and never became more than an afterthought in the crowded 2016 field.



The biggest splash he made during the campaign was rallying together with Kim Davis, a clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples following the Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage.

Otherwise, Huckabee's polling numbers hovered in the low single digits for much of the contest, and he struggled to raise money for his bid.

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In the 2008 GOP presidential primary, Huckabee won the Iowa caucus, along with a smattering of other states in the South. But his victories weren't enough to overtake Sen. John McCain, and he dropped out of the race.

There was speculation Huckabee would run again for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, but he opted out of that contest.

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Caucus voters register as they arrive at a Democratic Party Caucus at Jackson Township Fire Station on February 1, 2016 in Keokuk, Iowa. Republican Senator Ted Cruz bumped billionaire Donald Trump from the top spot and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced a fierce challenge as Iowans voted in the first nominating contest of the 2016 White House race. / AFP / Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters cheer as caucus returns are reported at Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Supporters cheer as caucus returns are reported at Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., watches caucus returns in his hotel room, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visits a caucus site, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Attendees of Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz's, R-Texas, caucus night rally watch as returns are displays, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Workers talk together next to a campaign map at campaign office for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Ankeny, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, the day of the Iowa caucus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Members of the media work on laptops at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clintons Caucus Night Victory Party at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, at his caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Supporters watches the results as they wait for Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump at his caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Precinct secretary Michelle Anderson counts votes for Republican candidates during a caucus in Nevada, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Precinct chair John Anderson, center, directs voters before a Republican party caucus in Nevada, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Precinct chair John Anderson counts votes for Republican candidates during a caucus in Nevada, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Luke Spence, right, precinct captain for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks with undecided voter Kathy Galpin during a Democratic party caucus in Nevada, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Stephanie Spence, a supporter for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands with her daughters Meghan, 3 months, and Cameron, age 5, before a Democratic party caucus in Nevada, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Officials and precinct captains look over results during a Democratic party caucus in Nevada, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Precinct chair John Anderson holds pencils and slips of paper to be used by voters to select their candidates at a Republican party caucus in Nevada, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The secretary counts votes at a caucus site Monday, Feb 1, 2016, in Silver City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)
Josh McNutt registers to vote in his first election at a caucus site Monday, Feb 1, 2016, in Silver City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)
Supporters watch the results as they wait for Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump at his caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, accompanied with wife, Melania, second from right, pauses for a selfie while visiting Saint Francis of Assisi Church, a caucus site, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in West Des Moines , Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Josh Kent celebrates at Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Mike Short (R), a Hillary Clinton caucus chairperson, speaks to undecided voters at a Democratic Party Caucus at Jackson Township Fire Station on February 1, 2016 in Keokuk, Iowa. After months of fierce campaigning, Iowans take the first steps in deciding which candidate will receive their respective party nomination for the US presidency. / AFP / Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Caucus attendees sign in as they arrive at a Democratic Party Caucus at Jackson Township Fire Station on February 1, 2016 in Keokuk, Iowa. After months of fierce campaigning, Iowans take the first steps in deciding which candidate will receive their respective party nomination for the US presidency. / AFP / Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Caucus attendees listen during a Democratic Party Caucus at Jackson Township Fire Station on February 1, 2016 in Keokuk, Iowa. After months of fierce campaigning, Iowans take the first steps in deciding which candidate will receive their respective party nomination for the US presidency. / AFP / Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump watch as the first poll numbers come in to the Trump Caucus Watch Party in West Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2016. Iowans started voting in the opening test of the US presidential race, with Republican Donald Trump looking to capitalize on his stunning campaign success and Hillary Clinton defending her status as the Democratic favorite. / AFP / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 1: Ballots are counted following the Republican party caucus in precinct 317 at Valley Church on February 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic and Republican Iowa Caucuses, the first step in nominating a presidential candidate from each party, take place today. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WEST DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 1: Ballots are counted following the Republican party caucus in precinct 317 at Valley Church on February 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic and Republican Iowa Caucuses, the first step in nominating a presidential candidate from each party, take place today. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WEST DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 1: Roxanne Nikkel (L) changes her voter registration to Democrat on the back of her husband, Corey Nikkel, so she can attend the Democratic party caucus in precinct 317 at Valley Church on February 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic and Republican Iowa Caucuses, the first step in nominating a presidential candidate from each party, take place today. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WEST DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 1: Abigail Kemp hangs signs in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders ahead of the party caucus in precinct 317 at Valley Church on February 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic and Republican Iowa Caucuses, the first step in nominating a presidential candidate from each party, take place today. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WEST DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 1: Democratic caucus-goers wait to sign in ahead of the party caucus in precinct 317 at Valley Church on February 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic and Republican Iowa Caucuses, the first step in nominating a presidential candidate from each party, take place today. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WEST DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 1: Kathi Phillips, the precinct leader for Hillary Clinton, hangs a sign directing Democratic caucus-goers in precinct 317 at Valley Church on February 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic and Republican Iowa Caucuses, the first step in nominating a presidential candidate from each party, take place today. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WEST DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 1: Helen Liu (L) and her son Chad Wang, both first-time caucus-goers, register as Republicans ahead of the party caucus in precinct 317 at Valley Church on February 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic and Republican Iowa Caucuses, the first step in nominating a presidential candidate from each party, take place today. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to his supporters after finishing second in the Iowa Caucus, in West Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2016. Republican Senator Ted Cruz has won the Iowa caucuses -- the first vote in the US presidential race -- in a tight contest with frontrunner Donald Trump and Senator Marco Rubio, US media projections showed. / AFP / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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