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Mike Huckabee To Announce 2016 Plans On May 5

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 10:  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 2015 NRA Annu
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 10: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits on April 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual NRA meeting and exhibit runs through Sunday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said Friday he plans to announce whether he will run for president on May 5.

In an interview with Fox News, Huckabee said he will unveil his 2016 plans in Hope, Arkansas, early next month. (Hope is the onetime Baptist minister's hometown.)

Huckabee, who recently left his Fox News talk show to explore a presidential campaign, also ran for the Republican nomination in 2008. He won the Iowa caucuses, but dropped out of the race in March as eventual nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took a clear lead in the primaries.

Several Republicans have already joined what is shaping up to be a crowded GOP primary field, including Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.). Other prominent Republicans eyeing the nomination include former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

"Most of the people who were with me eight years ago are still with me," Huckabee said earlier Friday. "But I do know that yes, there will be competition."

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