The favorite would-be candidate of evangelical Christians says he won’t make a bid for the White House next year. Who benefits, and who gets hurt?
The Republican Party
This isn’t just bad for social conservatives,Â says GOP consultant Ford O’Connell at Politico. Huckabee’s decision is also “a major blow to the Republican Party in its quest to unseat President Obama.” He wasn’t a sure bet to win the nomination by any stretch, but “his presence in the race would have brought a broader coalition into the GOP tent to liven up the field and make the current crop of candidates that much stronger as a result.”