After getting 17% of the New Hampshire vote, John Huntsman, probably the only true conservative in the race, is announcing his pull out later this morning (11 AM ET). Huntsman will most likely be throwing his support to Romney.
Huntsman was the candidate to make no hateful statements about Obama or his Republican competitors. His conservative positions were all about policy and he was the only candidate running with a sense that he was planning to govern the WHOLE country and not just rightists.
This is probably the best thing for Huntsman to do if he is planning on running again in 2016. He has established himself as a known candidate nationwide during the primaries so far and now he doesn’t have to continue with losses. Leaving the campaign while he is now in third place will make him a leader in the future Republican party.
- Jon Huntsman to Drop Presidential Bid (treeofmamre.wordpress.com)
- John Huntsman Call It Quits; Set to Endorse Romney (thewesternexperience.com)
- Huntsman to exit, back Romney (politico.com)
- Huntsman to drop out of GOP race (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- Huntsman’s ‘ticket to ride’ started in Florida, ended before his return (tampabay.com)
- Ending Campaign, Huntsman Plans to Drop Out and Back Romney (swampland.time.com)
It doesn’t look like a commanding lead for Romney.
The former Massachusetts governor’s lead is so small in South Carolina that he’s essentially tied with Newt Gingrich, according to a poll conducted for The Augusta Chronicle by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research:
Romney and Gingrich are in a statistical tie.
The really dirty advertising is starting across the board, so expect these numbers to change.
… on the Political Wire:
Unless, of course, you don’t believe in exit Polling, this ends it here. Do you think Perry is smart enough to quit, or has he not thrown enough money away?
… and none of the news programs have any idea of where the results will be. They are all bouncing around the idea of Romney as the winner without committing themselves to that as a final opinion… and the big controversy is who will come in second.
Will Paul screw up Romney’s lead? Will Huntsman’s apparent rise in poll numbers make him the second placer and hold Romney’s numbers down? And what about the angry drive of Gingrich who seems to want Romney destroyed?
On top of everything else, eyes are starting to turn to South Carolina with a question as to how many of these guys are going to be running there. Gingrich is already spending millions on anti-Romney films. Perry is using his New Hampshire campaigning to reach South Carolina audiences… he’s likely to be dead last in NH. He’s also the one most likely to disappear after tonight.
Then there’s Santorum. He doesn’t seem to have the same push he gained in Iowa and, given his views on contraception, welfare reform (ie: take money away from the poor, especially the black poor, so they will work) and his anti-gay marriage and adoption stance, he may be turning folks off – FINALLY!
If I were a Republican (that is sooo hard to say), I’d vote for Huntsman. At least he seems to be campaigning to be everyone’s president… not just right wing weirdos.
Meanwhile in South Carolina, here’s what’s polling:
- Mitt Romney‘s 27%
- Newt Gingrich‘s 23%
- Rick Santorum‘s 18%
- Ron Paul‘s 8%
- Rick Perry‘s 7%
- Stephen Colbert 5%
- Jon Huntsman‘s 4%
- Buddy Roemer‘s 1%
Stephen Colbert? Are people taking this prinmary seriously?
“Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.”
John Huntsman, toiling at the bottom of the list in Iowa, is putting his effort into New Hampshire… and to do that he has released a video called “Unelectable” attacking Ron Paul (gee, you think he’d go after Romney instead of wasting his time on the Loser In Chief.)
Here it is:
🙂 🙂 🙂
In a major stumble, both Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich came short of Virginia’s ballot requirements and will miss the Super Tuesday state. As far as I know it’s too late for them to do anything about it (perhaps they can seek write-in votes, but that will take mucho effort.)
This is a reasonable sign of each man’s management/organization capabilities, no?
“Anyone who is in the hip pocket of Wall Street because of all the donations they are picking up, like Mr. Romney, is in these days not going to be the change agent who is going to fix the too-big-to-fail banking system.”
– John Huntsman
I don’t understand why Huntsman doesn’t get the support he should have. If there is one Republican candidate who could potentially join both sides together to move the country forward it is Huntsman.
I wish I understood Norquist Conservatives. What planet do they live on?
- Romney on the ropes, Gingrich on the rise, Paul on the defensive, Huntsman on the periphery (thehill.com)
- Huntsman: Romney couldn’t reform Wall Street (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- New Yorker Profile: Huntsman Campaign Worried Daughters’ Sense Of Humor May Hurt Campaign (mediaite.com)
- Huntsman hopes to break up big banks (sfgate.com)
- Huntsman accuses Romney of soundbite foreign policy (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Huntsman on Romney: ‘Name recognition only means so much’ (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)