The announcement by Mike Huckabee that he probably won't seek the Republican nomination in 2012 is huge news. Former Governor Mike Huckabee told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday " that a 2012 presidential bid is "less than likely" and depends on whether Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, keeps liking his show"
. It looks like Mike likes being a talkshow host more then being in politics. Mike Huckabee's show "Huckabee" is a top rated speciality show on the Fox News Channel. Mike has gotten comfortable in his current "gig", and doesn't want to jeopardize it by running in 2012. Part of me thinks that another reason he doesn't want to run for the nomination is that he feels that he can't beat Barack Obama if he won the Republican nomination. Huckabee told Chris Wallace that "GOP leaders would be foolhardy to think that President Barack Obama is an easy mark in 2012
". If Mike holds true to his word and definitely won't seek the Republican nomination in 2012. There is one possible candidate that can fill the vacum of the social value conservative voters that would have backed Mike Huckabee in a 2012 nomination run. That potential candidate is obviously Sarah Palin. A run by both Huckabee and Palin would have more then likely split the pro life Evangelical vote among the two, this would have allowed for Mitt Romney to win the nomination by capturing the Republican moderates and fiscal conservative Republican votes. Some on the right considered Huckabee to be one of the grass root social conservatives that was being counted on to run in 2012, I have no doubt that the pressure among conservatives is now definitely going to be placed on Sarah Palin to run. Sarah is scheduled to speak at the first annual Tea Party convention in February
. Things can still change between now and next year. A dark horse candidate can still emerge out of nowhere and change the potential make up of the primary field. Until that scenario plays out or if it plays out, the 2012 Republican Primary fight looks likes a possible showdown between Mitt Romney & Sarah Palin.