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January 16, 2012 | By Paul West
Jon Huntsman's final chore as a presidential candidate will be to leave the 2012 race Monday with his reputation intact or, ideally, enhanced. For presidential contenders, the best days of their campaigns are often the first and last ones. But not everyone is up to the challenge. How many people remember what Rep. Michele Bachmann said in her concession speech after losing Iowa, less than two weeks ago? Huntsman's late-starting candidacy began inauspiciously, following his return from China last spring.  Reporters attending the announcement event had their Huntsman press tags unceremoniously taken away before Huntsman and his attractive family arrived at the site.  Embarrassingly, the candidate's first name was misspelled as “John” on the tags.
January 16, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
Jon Huntsman Jr. will end his run for the Republican presidential nomination and endorse longtime rival Mitt Romney on Monday, a Huntsman campaign source said Sunday night. Huntsman, a former Utah governor, quit his post last year as President Obama's ambassador to China to make a surprise entry into the 2012 race. But that diplomatic credential wound up working to his disadvantage in a Republican contest driven largely by the party's desire to unseat the Democratic incumbent in the White House.
January 15, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Jon Huntsman Jr. will end his bid for the presidency Monday and endorse GOP rival Mitt Romney, a campaign source confirms. The decision by the former Utah governor follows his third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary last Tuesday. Huntsman had staked his political future on the primary, and the disappointing result failed to provide his campaign with the momentum and financial resources it needed to carry on to contests in South Carolina and Florida. Huntsman had just won the endorsement Sunday of the Columbia State newspaper in South Carolina.
January 12, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
Jon Huntsman may not have high polling numbers in South Carolina, but he appears to have a lot of time to spend here, something evident Thursday morning as the Republican presidential candidate talked for an hour at a crowded restaurant -- so long that some people began to leave before he had finished speaking. Speaking at a breakfast at the Honeycomb Cafe on Daniel Island hosted by the Berkeley County GOP , Huntsman, dressed in jeans, a maroon button-down shirt and a blazer, called on opponents to end partisan politicking.
January 11, 2012 | By David Horsey
On the bright side, Jon Huntsman Jr., the candidate whose poll numbers languished in the low single digits for most of the campaign, hit the high teens when real people finally got to vote in New Hampshire on Tuesday. On the dimmer side, that was only good enough for third place. The man who has no chance of winning the Republican nomination for president, Ron Paul, did much better, taking nearly a quarter of the votes. And the man who is most likely to walk away with the nomination, Mitt Romney, garnered more than a third.
January 11, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
In the end, the only suspense Tuesday centered on just how big Mitt Romney's margin in Tuesday's primary would be — and how his chief challengers would try to wrench the illusion of victory from defeat. The crowd at Romney's Manchester rally erupted into cheers at the stroke of 8 p.m. as the anchors at Fox News declared him the winner. Less than 30 minutes later, Romney was on stage, flanked by his family and his star-studded New Hampshire team. "Thank you, New Hampshire.
January 11, 2012 | By John Hoeffel
In a jammed, overheated room in the University of South Carolina's business school, Jon Huntsman Jr., who has joked that he is the “margin-of-error candidate,” touted his third-place finish in New Hampshire as a “ticket to ride” to this state's influential primary. “That was pretty cool, standing on that stage,” he said. Huntsman, a moderate Republican, said expectations were low for him in South Carolina and would not say what threshold he needed to reach to propel him to Florida.
January 11, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Jon Huntsman, who initially staked his presidential campaign on New Hampshire, now heads to South Carolina, where a recent poll shows him trailing even satirical television host Stephen Colbert. Colbert, who attempted unsuccessfully to buy naming rights for the first-in-the-South primary, is not a candidate in the race. But a new survey by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Colbert beating Huntsman if his name were to appear on the primary ballot on Jan. 21. It's not entirely surprising that Colbert would poll better than Huntsman.
January 10, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Newt Gingrich, projected to place no better than fourth in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary, pledged Tuesday night that his campaign would go on. “This is step two of a long process,” Gingrich said. “This campaign is going to go on to South Carolina. And we're going to offer the American people something very different. We're going to offer them an opportunity to participate in very dramatic, very fundamental change in Washington, D.C., and we're going to prove that I both understand the principles and I understand the practice.” At the time of the speech, with two-thirds of the vote counted, Gingrich trailed Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman.
January 10, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Who says you can't win for losing? As persnickety as they may seem and for all they love to mock the state to the south as Taxachusetts, or some other sneering epithet, New Hampshirites have a tendency to vote for the guy (and they've been all guys) next door. As Paul West points out , today's New Hampshire Republican primary amounts to a home game for Mitt Romney, the prohibitive front-runner and a former governor of Tax, er, Massachusetts. Barring a for-the-ages upset, Romney should win the primary -- handily -- and join a list of favorite sons that includes Henry Cabot Lodge, Michael Dukakis, Paul Tsongas and John F. Kerry.
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