Mike Huckabee at the last debate. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee rolled out leadership teams across four Southern states on Monday.

The Republican could be a serious force on March 1 in the so-called SEC Primary, named after the collegiate Southeastern Conference.

Assuming he comes out of the early states strong — namely Iowa and South Carolina, his top two targets — Huckabee is focused on amassing momentum in favorable Southern states that have jointly scheduled their primaries to increase the region’s clout.

“The early SEC primary elections are a key plank to our campaign strategy,” Huckabee said in a statement.

In Georgia, Huckabee has former Gov. Sonny Perdue and former Rep. John Linder.

In North Carolina, he got former Rep. Charles Taylor and pastor Mark Harris, who ran for Senate last year.

In Tennessee, he scored Rep. Chuck Fleischmann as state chair and Mayor Mark Luttrell Jr. from Shelby County as co-chair.

And he’s locked down most of the key GOP elected officials in his home state of Arkansas, with support from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Sen. John Boozman, Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill and Bruce Westerman. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin has a formal role in his inner circle. Also on the leadership team announced Monday: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Secretary of State Mark Martin, State Treasurer Dennis Milligan, Land Commissioner John Thurston and many state legislators.

News of the endorsements was first reported in The Daily 202.

From a forthcoming press release, here is a list of endorsements and members of the “Huckabee for President Leadership Team:

Arkansas:

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Huckabee for President State Chair

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, Huckabee for President State Chair

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, Congressional Leadership Committee

U.S. Rep. French Hill, Congressional Leadership Committee

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, Congressional Leadership Committee

Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, State Steering Committee Co-Chair

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, State Steering Committee Co-Chair

Secretary of State Mark Martin, State Steering Committee

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan, State Steering Committee

Land Commissioner John Thurston, State Steering Committee

State Sen. Alan Clark, State Legislative Committee

State Sen. Bryan King, State Legislative Committee

State Sen. Jason Rapert, Co-Chair State Legislative Committee

State Sen. Gary Stubblefield, State Legislative Committee

State Sen. Jon Woods, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Karilyn Brown, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Donnie Copeland, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Charlene Fite, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Mickey Gates, Co-Chair State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Justin Harris, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Prissy Hickerson, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Jack Ladyman, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Julie Mayberry, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Laurie Rushing, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Nelda Speaks, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. James Sturch, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Dwight Tosh, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. David Wallace, State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Richard Womack, State Legislative Committee

Republican National Committeeman Jonathan Barnett, State Steering Committee

2016 National Federation of Republican Women Secretary Julie Harris, State Grassroots Co-Chair

Larry Toller, State Grassroots Co-Chair

Georgia:

Gov. Sonny Perdue, Huckabee for President State Chair

U.S. Rep. John Linder, State Steering Committee

State Rep. Sam Teasley, Co-Chair State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Tom Kirby, Co-Chair State Legislative Committee

Phil Dacosta, State Grassroots Co-Chair

Colonel Larry Mrozinski, State Grassroots Co-Chair

North Carolina:

U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor, Huckabee for President State Chair

Pastor Mark Harris, Huckabee for President State Chair

County Commissioner Woody White, State Steering Committee

Wayne Langston, State Grassroots Co-Chair

Tennessee:

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Huckabee for President State Chair

Mayor Mark Lutrell, Jr., Huckabee for President State Co-Chair

State Senator Ed Jackson, Co-Chair State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Barry Doss, Co-Chair State Legislative Committee

State Rep. Cameron Sexton, Co-Chair State Legislative Committee

Phil Cavendar, State Grassroots Chair

David Kustoff, State Director