Party afilliation: Republican
Highest office held:Governor of Arkansas
Notable quote:“Inside every human being there are treasures to unlock.”
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House in November have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.
The presidential campaign of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, known for its support of county clerk Kim Davis after she defied a federal court order telling her to issue same-sex marriage certificates, died Feb. 1, 2016. It was 272 days old.
The campaign was born in Huckabee’s hometown of Hope, Arkansas, on May 5, 2015. Some were uncertain if there would be another bid for the presidency after Huckabee’s failed 2008 campaign, but many commentators credited super PACs as what allowed him to rejoin the race.
Over the course of its almost-nine-month lifespan, Huckabee’s campaign did not often make news. Huckabee was on the main debate stage for the first three debates but was relegated to the undercard debate as his poll numbers fell. He took a strong stance on guns rights, telling Fox News after the massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, that “the one thing that would have at least ameliorated the horrible situation in Charleston would have been if somebody in that prayer meeting had a conceal carry.”
Perhaps the most memorable moment of Huckabee’s candidacy was when he teamed up with Kim Davis to defend her right to deny same-sex marriage certificates on religious grounds after a June decision from the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the nation. Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, believes strongly in religious freedom and even penned an opinion piece for Fox News after the Supreme Court decision. He supported Davis when she was jailed for violating a federal court order, and he even offered to go to jail in her place if she were sent back.
The campaign is survived by Huckabee’s band, Capitol Offense, and the fact that Huckabee narrowly beat President Barack Obama in a 2008 WebkinzInsider poll.