Must Read: Is Jon Huntsman's Presidential Campaign Finished?

Jon Huntsman's Presidential Campaign Finished
Jon Huntsman

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman officially announced his presidential campaign to much fanfare three weeks ago, positioning himself as a competent, reasonable,  not-insane Republican. However, as Talking Points Memo notes, Huntsman hasn't made many waves since. Obama's former ambassador to China nets between 1 and 2 percent of the vote in early polls – even in his home state, where he's been bested by fellow-Mormon Mitt Romney. (Romney pulled in an incredible 95 percent of the votes in 2008's Utah primary and has landed high-profile endorsements from state leaders.) But perhaps the most telling indicator that 2012 might not be Huntsman's year: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, his campaign manager in the 2004 gubernatorial race, is now on Romney's team. "It was a little difficult," Chaffetz tells TPM. "Jon Huntsman is a good man, but when your goal is to beat Barack Obama I just think Mitt Romney is in a much better position to do that. [TPM]

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