Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Suspends Presidential Campaign

Feb 1, 2016

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee speaking to reporters at the Arkansas state Capitol in November after registering to be a candidate for president.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is suspending his presidential campaign, according to a tweet sent on Huckabee's Twitter account Tuesday night.

It came after he only got two percent of the vote in the Iowa Caucuses, a state he won in 2008. Huckabee had recently said that it would be difficult for his campaign to continue if he didn't at least make it into the top three candidates. 

Huckabee's tweet said:

I am officially suspending my campaign. Thank you for all your loyal support.

Huckabee joined the race last May, with an announcement in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton.

But Huckabee became just one candidate in a crowded field that included many political newcomers who managed to win the support of evangelical voters who Huckabee was counting on.