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Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Candidates with Mid-South ties eye the White House

As the race for the White House heats up, the spotlight on the Mid-South is growing brighter.

Three candidates with Mid-South ties are serious presidential contenders. 

First, former U.S. Senator from Tennessee Fred Thompson, a candidate who ranked ahead of Rudy Giuliani and John McCain in a recent ABC News/Washington Post Poll.

Second, Hillary Clinton, who serves as a New York Senator but has Arkansas roots, and a husband who went from Arkansas Governor to President. 

And finally, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who would like to be the second presidential candidate from Hope to win it all.

This election season, the state of New Hampshire scheduled its earliest ever presidential primary. The decisions of New Hampshire voters traditionally shape presidential contests.  Voters there go to the polls January 8th. 

Huckabee is looking forward to Iowa, where he recently vaulted to a surprising second place in a poll of likely voters, a prediction former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw made last week when he spoke to Action News Five's Joe Birch.

"If somebody comes from the back of the pack- Governor Huckabee from Arkansas- and wins on the Republican side, that accelerates him to the top of the heap and the country begins to pay attention to it," Brokaw said.

It looks like the country is paying close attention to Huckabee, staunch conservative with a penchant for rock and roll.  Among the candidates with Mid-South ties, Huckabee is well ahead of Fred Thompson and gaining on Hillary Clinton.

With the New Hampshire Primary so early into the new year, you can expect to see candidates building up steam right through the Christmas holiday.

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