Mike Huckabee Is Not Running. Or Is He?

We’ve been told that former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee, a rumored candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is giving his former S.C. supporters the nod to seek work on other presidential campaigns. The word is that he’s told South Carolina staffers that they have his blessing for them to peddle their wares elsewhere. If this is as true as it appears, it’s the second major shakeup. Monday, Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour surprised everyone but himself when he announced that he would not seek the GOP nod.

It also means that two Southerners that were considered major contenders are gone from consideration. Huckabee had a strong effort in South Carolina during the last run, and would have been a favorite to win the primary if he had fully committed to a run. Barbour has good credentials from his period as governor, and enough political and monetary connections to win as well, but he decided the time wasn’t right for him.
Makes sense. A local blogger gets wind of some campaign news regarding Huckabee. I'd have run with it too...

Now this, from the HuckPac:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's camp is refuting a South Carolina blogger who suggested Wednesday that Huckabee told consultants in the state he wouldn't run for president next year.

Speculation Huckabee was opting out of a 2012 bid spread after Red State's Erick Erickson tweeted a link to the blog post, along with the declaration, "Mike Huckabee is out. He won't be running for president."

HuckPAC Executive Director Hogan Gidley dismissed it as "unfounded speculation" in a statement, insisting that no final decision has been made.
Soooo, what's it going to be Mr. Huckabee? Are you in, or are you out?

OR, as Wesley Donehue followed-up at ProcessStory:
Recently, a few of those talking to us were former staffers for former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee who told me directly, over beers, that they have been given the signal to move on from Huckaland to more promising campaigns. That doesn’t mean Huckabee won’t run. We don’t think he’ll run. He’s shown no signs of life in South Carolina and now he’s releasing supporters. However, it may just mean he’s tossing some folks overboard. Who knows what he’s doing beside keeping his name out there to sell more books.
My emphasis.