Bill Salisbury with the Pioneer Press writes a great story on Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s meteoric rise in Iowa. One of the fascinating lines in his piece is this:
Iowa may be a must-win state for Huckabee. Unlike Romney and Giuliani, who have well-financed national campaign operations, he has little money and almost no organization outside Iowa.
That was apparent at the Minnesota Republicans’ State Central Committee meeting Dec. 8 in Blaine. Romney, Giuliani, Thompson, Hunter and Paul had volunteers at tables handing out lapel stickers, posters and T-shirts to the party’s 300 leading activists. The Huckabee campaign was AWOL.
Carey, the party chairman, said he couldn’t even find a Huckabee contact in the state, much less get national campaign operatives to return his phone calls.
I was told by someone that former Governor Al Quie was backing Huckabee but Quie just told me that it was “strictly humor and rumor.”
Total number of Minnesotans who gave to Huckabee through 9/30: 12
Total contributions from Minnesota donors: $5911
Largest contribution: Peter Schoon of Orono gave at total of $1600. He’s the CEO of System Support Solutions.
Smallest contribution: Larry Orth, a Calvary Church Pastor in Rochester, gave $30.
Interesting tidbit: Two Wal-Mart employees gave to Huckabee’s campaign. Kimberly Little, of Maplewood, is a Wal-Mart cashier. Wendy Jones, of Bovey, is a stocker for Wal-Mart.
Of course, all of these contributions came before Huckabee started surging in the polls. Expect to see a few more Minnesota names on the updated list.