Mike Huckabee couldn't be coming to North Carolina at a better time.
The former Arkansas governor had long ago scheduled a fundraiser at the Greensboro home of longtime Republican activist Mary Elizabeth Irvin on Thursday.
But state campaign director Bill Cobey says they're planning for a lot more people, now that Huckabee is surging in the polls in Iowa.
"All of a sudden we're getting a lot of phone calls and e-mails," he told Dome. "A lot more people are interested in coming."
The $100-a-plate dinner is not Huckabee's first visit here. He had a low-key fundraiser in North Raleigh in March and came to the state GOP convention in New Bern in June of 2006.
He also spoke at the GOP convention in 2000, when he first met Cobey, then the state chairman.
"People thought I was crazy backing Governor Huckabee," he says. "But I knew him and how well he connects with people, and I knew what kind of candidate he would be."