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Huckabee Braces for Incoming Storm

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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TROUBLE AHEAD? Mike(Photo: Getty Images)

A cluster of tornadoes currently touching down in Arkansas might have a similarly stormy effect on Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential bid. Given the candidate's contentious history with emergency response and disaster relief in his state, the storm could either wreak havoc on his campaign or provide him the chance to showcase his oft-criticized crisis chops.

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In 1997, after a tornado in his home state killed 25 people, Huckabee refused to authorize disaster relief, arguing that tornadoes are not an "act of God." He held up legislation for three weeks before the phrase was stricken from the bill.

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