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Summit County GOP dinner draws 1,300

By Doug Published: April 11, 2011
Former Arkansas Gov. and potential GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee gestures as he addresses students at the business school at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., Monday, March 28, 2011. Huckabee spoke on a variety of topics including religion in politics and the current fiscal state of the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


Published on Sunday, Apr 10, 2011

Beacon Journal staff report

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's visit to Akron was a big hit Saturday night.

The potential 2012 presidential candidate and Fox News commentator helped attract one of the largest crowds ever for the Summit County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner.

About 1,300 people attended the 79th annual fundraising event at the Quaker Station Ballroom on the University of Akron campus.

Organizers said they couldn't remember a larger gathering in recent years and attributed it to Huckabee's appearance and last year's positive showing by Republicans locally and throughout Ohio.
Huckabee wasn't available to the media before his speech.

Before speaking, he signed copies of his new book A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion That We Don't!) for nearly an hour. He also chatted with people and posed for photographs.

Al McCutcheon, 83, a retired Akron firefighter who lives in Tallmadge, ......

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