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Mike Huckabee received the endorsements of three dozen prominent black conservative pastors on Monday in Atlanta.  Their choice of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday was no accident of scheduling.  According to a story in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Dean Nelson, executive director of the Network of Politically Active Christians, said “Mike Huckabee is the person who encapsulates and carries the values the African-American community holds.”

Huckabee’s relative popularity with African American voters in Arkansas is well known (the Republican received an astounding 45% of the black vote in Arkansas in his 2002 re-election contest), but this is the first sign that Huckabee is making inroads with that important demographic in his presidential campaign.

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