Huckabee shifts from campaigning to preaching at Memphis church - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Huckabee shifts from campaigning to preaching at Memphis church

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Huckabee returned to preaching Sunday, urging members of one of the South's biggest Southern Baptist churches in Memphis to be soldiers for Jesus.

Huckabee, a candidate for the Republican nomination for president, made no direct references to the campaign but noted that his struggles as a preacher and follower of Jesus prepared him for the rough and tumble of politics.

Memphis, Tennessee's largest city, is at the borders of Mississippi and Arkansas.

The former Arkansas governor and Southern Baptist preacher delivered the main evening sermon at Bellevue Baptist Church, which boasts 30,000 members and holds three Sunday services.

Huckabee is in a race for the GOP nomination with front-runner John McCain and Mitt Romney.

He needs a breakthrough to re-energize a lagging campaign on Super Tuesday, when over 20 states hold primaries. He is counting heavily on Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Missouri.

He's scheduled to hold rallies Monday on the eastern side of Tennessee in Chattanooga and Blountville.

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