Assuming he comes out of the early states strong — namely Iowa and South Carolina, his top two targets — Huckabee is focused on amassing momentum in favorable Southern states that have jointly scheduled their primaries to increase the region’s clout.

“The early SEC primary elections are a key plank to our campaign strategy,” Huckabee said in a statement.
In Georgia, Huckabee has former Gov. Sonny Perdue and former Rep. John Linder.

In North Carolina, he got former Rep. Charles Taylor and pastor Mark Harris, who ran for Senate last year.

In Tennessee, he scored Rep. Chuck Fleischmann as state chair and Mayor Mark Luttrell Jr. from Shelby County as co-chair.