KINGSTON — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Saturday he has already seen a favorability bump in New Hampshire after his second-place finish in the Iowa straw poll.
During a campaign stop at a chowder fest in his honor at the Kingston 1686 House, Huckabee said he will soon be making major announcements about some "sophisticated" and "savvy" political operatives in New Hampshire who have decided to support his campaign in the wake of his performance in Iowa.
"We're seeing some pretty significant people come aboard," Huckabee told reporters at the chowder fest, though he declined to give names. "The key issue for us is these people are joining our effort."
The Kingston campaign event was hosted by former state Sen. Russell Prescott and his wife, Susan.
Huckabee, who is on a weekend campaign blitz across the Granite State, spent time mingling with guests, before sitting down for a bowl of clam chowder.
"I want them to realize that the reason they should support me is not just because they agree with me but if they get behind me, I can win," Huckabee said.
Huckabee said his campaign message appeals to "Main Street Republicans" not the "Wall Street Republicans."
"The heart and soul of the Republican Party is not making seven figures on Wall Street," he said.
A former Baptist pastor and broadcast executive, Huckabee said he thinks his conservative values, including being pro-life and pro-marriage, will resonate with New Hampshire voters. He also pointed out that he has been elected more times than any other candidate running for the presidency.
"I've run more than Hillary, I've run more than Barack," he said.
Prescott said he met Huckabee at a similar campaign event and went away wanting to support him.
"The message that he brings across is one of drawing people together," said Prescott. "He's a great communicator."
Kevin Cloutier of Chester, who attended the event with his wife, Lisa, said he is looking for a candidate who will stand up for the working class people in the country. He was hoping to hear from Huckabee about how he would lower taxes and decrease the country's reliance of foreign oil.
Karin Herrick of Kingston said she plans to support Huckabee.
"He just stands for the same things I stand for," Herrick said, adding she likes that he is easy to understand when he talks about the issues.