Mike Huckabee visits Raeford on behalf of NC House candidate

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (center) speaks with Raeford City Councilors Rick Sandy (L) and Johnny Boyles at the Raeford Civic Center last week. (Hal Nunn for North State Journal)

RAEFORD — Former Arkansas Gov. and two-time Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made an appearance last week in Raeford to stump for Dr. Ralph Carter, one of three candidates in the upcoming N.C. House District 48 GOP primary.

Around thirty individuals gathered at the Raeford Civic Center to hear from Huckabee, who is now a frequent contributor to Fox News and notable supporter of former President Donald Trump.

“What a joy it is for Janet and I to be here this afternoon. I think you understand you have an opportunity to send somebody extraordinary to the state legislature, somebody who will really represent you, who cares deeply about the people of this area, who knows them and will work tirelessly to truly represent what you believe is important,” said Huckabee during his remarks.

He told those in attendance that a shared trip to Israel started their friendship and he was excited to come to rural North Carolina to help him out ahead of March 5.

District 48 comprises all of Hoke and Scotland Counties and is expected to be competitive in this year’s general election. Carter faces 2022’s Republican nominee, Melissa Swarbrick, and James Diaz. The winner will take on longtime Democratic Rep. Garland Pierce in November.