With Fred Thompson quitting the race for president, his Florida supporters are now moving their support to Gov. Mike Huckabee. It’s a nature switch. Many social, fiscal and foreign policy conservatives were lining up behind Thompson early on when he was the rock star. Now they are gravitating to Gov Huckabee because his pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, and strong national security policy are all so similar to Senator Thompson’s.
Miami Herald - January 23, 2008
''I'll probably go with Huckabee,'' said Barbara Collier, a well-known Christian activist in Fort Lauderdale and Thompson supporter. ``He has a lot of the principles that I stand for, that I would like to see in a president.'' Atlanta-based pollster Matt Towery said Huckabee will get more votes without Thompson siphoning away Christian conservatives.
St. Petersburg Times – January 23, 2008
John Stemberger,[a]…conservative…in Orlando, said Thompson supporters will feel at home with fellow southerner, Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor. He should know; he made the switch a couple of months ago. "I think that Mike Huckabee for social conservatives is the candidate," he said. "Nobody comes close to his credentials."