Huntsman Drops Out Of GOP Race

By: AP
By: AP

Jon Huntsman has withdrawn his GOP candidacy, announcing his decision Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

While most of the other candidates who dropped out ahead of Huntsman have not offered an endorsement, Huntsman threw his support at Mitt Romney, who he said had the best chance of all the Republicans to beat President Obama.

It was a tune Huntsman had not always sung during the campaign, calling Romney "unelectable" on the eve of the New Hampshire primary after Romney made remarks about liking "be able to fire people" who provided him bad service.

Huntsman strove to portray himself as a moderate to his opponents' more far-right positions, but the effort failed to catch on in a party still influenced by the tea party. He rarely moved above 1 to 2 percent in national polls.

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  • by disgusted Location: cs on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    Wow, such in-depth reporting!
  • by Mayor Ryan on Jan 16, 2012 at 08:06 AM
    @Slam Dunk: Unfortunately, no one cares what you believe. I like to stick to facts. The facts are that Mitt Romney & Ron Paul have the best chance vs Obama according to a hypothetical matchup poll. That being said, I doubt if it took in the reality that if Romney is the nominee I and most other young people will vote 3rd party. It's Ron Paul or bust. Obama knows this too.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Jan 16, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    The only hope the GOP has for survival is if Ron Paul (the only remaining real Conservative of two in the race) gets the nomination, if not, Conservatives and Constitutionalists will start leaving for another party, most likely to build up the Constitution Party. As it stands now, the New World Order elites running the GOP have no intention of letting Ron Paul win.
  • by Slam Dunk Location: 4 more years on Jan 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
    Huntsman was truly the only opponent who could challenge the President in a general election. Thank you GOP for giving us another 4 years of the greatest President since JFK!
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