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Mike Huckabee backs Connelly in 5th District race

Mike Huckabee makes a point during a Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Mike Huckabee makes a point during a Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. AP

GOP congressional candidate Chad Connelly has scored another endorsement from a national figure in South Carolina’s 5th District congressional race.

Connelly received the endorsement of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Wednesday, less than a week before GOP voters go to the polls to choose their nominee to replace former U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, now President Donald Trump’s budget director.

“We need leaders in Congress who are capable of leading from the front and being the driving force for this change,” Huckabee said in a statement. “Chad Connelly is that leader.”

The former presidential candidate and Fox News host said Connelly would “help President Trump enact his conservative agenda” in Congress.

A former state GOP chairman and faith engagement director for the Republican National Committee, Connelly previously received endorsements from U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus; U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens; and James Dobson, the founder of the Christian conservative group Focus on the Family.

The GOP primary in the 11-county district is Tuesday.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told S.C. House Republicans Tuesday that he’s the only GOP candidate who can beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election.

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