Huntsman to withdraw from GOP presidential race, tipped to endorse Romney

January 16, 2012 in Presidential Candidates, Presidential Candidates on the Issues

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (NEWSCORE) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will bow out of the Republican presidential race, FOX News confirmed Sunday night.   Huntsman told advisers of his decision Sunday — the same day that his campaign was boosted by the endorsement of South Carolina’s largest newspaper, The State, ahead of the Jan. 21 primary.   He will formally withdraw and endorse the campaign frontrunner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, at 11:00am Monday at the Myrtle Beach Conventions Center, S.C.   Romney’s senior campaign staffers, who were taken by surprise by Huntsman’s move, were working to ensure their candidate — like Huntsman, a Mormon — would attend the announcement.   “He’s going to endorse Gov. Romney tomorrow and urge the party to come together,” a source told The Wall Street Journal.   The decision came after several days of discussion with family, friends and campaign advisers, FOX News reported.   Huntsman’s campaign has flagged in 2012, with less than one percent of the vote in Iowa after he chose not to compete in the state’s caucuses and a third place finish with 17 percent in New Hampshire, where he had focused his efforts.   The most recent poll in South Carolina ahead of the state’s primary next weekend had Huntsman — until recently the US ambassador to China — in sixth place with just five percent of support.   His withdrawal is the fifth of the GOP race, following those of businessman Herman Cain, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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