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Huckabee Takes Sides in 2010 Primaries

While some Republicans steer clear of contested primaries, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is actively boosting several conservatives who face Republican challengers in 2010.

HuckPAC, the committee related to 2008 presidential candidate Huckabee, spent nearly all the money it collected in the first half of this year. The committee reported raising $305,000 through June 30 and was left with just $48,000 on hand. Among the committee’s expenditures were donations to candidates in the following gubernatorial, House and Senate races:

**Alabama’s 5th Congressional District:** $1,000 to Les Phillip, a Navy veteran and state party director. Phillip faces GOP competition from Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks in the race to unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Parker Griffith. CQ Politics rates the general election Leans Democratic.

**Arkansas’ 1st:** $1,000 to Rick Crawford, a farm broadcaster vying to unseat Democratic Rep. Marion Berry. CQ Politics rates the general election Safe Democratic.

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