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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday night that his plans on whether or not to enter the presidential race will be made known May 5 from his hometown of Hope, Arkansas.

"People will know then for sure whether Mike Huckabee is in the race or not," Huckabee announced on Fox News. "I think it’ll be worth tuning in for," he said.

"I don’t think anybody should enter into a decision that is this monumental, not just for me but for my entire family, without a lot of prayer, a lot of thoughtful consideration," Huckabee told Fox News’ Bret Baier.

Huckabee won the 2008 Iowa GOP caucuses with strong support from evangelical voters. His popularity has remained high among the key voting bloc since then, and his show on Fox News has helped keep him in the public eye.

It was on Fox in 2012 where made his announcement that he would not run. He ended his weekly show in January, fueling speculation he was seriously considering a second run.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll last month found that 52 percent of Republican voters could see themselves supporting Huckabee in 2016. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker were the only other Republicans who ranked above him.


— Andrew Rafferty and Elisha Fieldstadt