Sun Sentinel Broward Edition

Car­son and Huck­abee join­ing race for pres­i­dent

- By An­thony Man | Staff writer

Two Florida res­i­dents will re­turn to their out-of-state roots this week to push their pres­i­den­tial can­di­da­cies.

First up is Ben Car­son, of West Palm Beach. The re­tired pe­di­atric neu­ro­sur­geon, who spent his ca­reer at Johns Hop­kins in Bal­ti­more, an­nounced his can­di­dacy Sun­day night. “I’m will­ing to be part of the equa­tion,” Car­son said in a TV in­ter­view. “There­fore, I’m an­nounc­ing my can­di­dacy for pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica.”

Car­son will hold a cam­paign rally in his home­town of Detroit on Mon­day.

Sec­ond is Mike Huck­abee, a res­i­dent of Santa Rosa Beach in Florida’s Pan­han­dle. He will re­turn to his home­town of Hope, Ark., in the state he served as gover­nor, to de­clare his in­ten­tions on Tues­day.

Nei­ther is a house­hold name. But both are familiar to Repub­li­can Party pri­mary vot­ers thanks to their time on Fox News. Huck­abee hosted a show on the chan­nel, leav­ing in Jan­uary. Car­son was a regular Fox News con­trib­u­tor for a lit­tle more than a year, a re­la­tion­ship that ended in Novem­ber.

Repub­li­can in­sid­ers and in­de­pen­dent an­a­lysts don’t put ei­ther in the top tier of pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, though Florida has two na­tive sons con­sid­ered top con­tenders for the nom­i­na­tion: for­mer Gov. Jeb Bush, who hasn’t of­fi­cially de­clared but is cam­paign­ing and rais­ing money; and U.S. Sen. Marco Ru­bio, who an­nounced his can­di­dacy on April 13.

Test your knowl­edge of Car­son and Huck­abee at SunSen­ can­di­date­quiz, or turn in­side to Page 9A for the quiz.

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