Skip to comments.Huntsman Gaining Traction in New Hampshire
Posted on 12/02/2011 8:11:34 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
MERRIMACK, N.H. Jon Huntsman has staked his presidential bid on doing well in New Hampshire. With few exceptions, the former two-term governor of Utah has campaigned exclusively in the Granite State. Two months ago, he moved his national campaign headquarters to Manchester, and hes beginning to make some inroads there.
Huntsman explained his strategy this way: He wants to avoid the meteoric rises and flameouts of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain.
I dont want 15 minutes of fame, Huntsman told reporters at the Merrimack Town Hall. I want a sustained rise that isnt fickle and isnt short-lived, and in order to get that, youve gotta lay a substantive groundwork here in New Hampshire, which is what were doing.
And the numbers show that Huntsman is getting just what he wants: a slow and steady rise in support. University of New Hampshire polling for the last two months in a row found 8 percent of likely voters in the Republican presidential primary saying they would vote for him. Thats the most hes gotten so far. It puts him in fourth place, behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
The UNH poll finds that most voters have yet to line up behind a candidate, and thats the case with many of the 70 people who showed up to hear Huntsman speak at the Merrimack Town Hall on Nov. 28. Voters like Chris Mauser, who said shes still considering all the candidates.
I havent even begun to make up my mind yet, Mauser said.
Most people still dont know who Huntsman is. Lousie Charney is among those who want to know more.
(Excerpt) Read more at wbur.org ...
Don’t know, but I won’t be watching any of them to find out!
I’m so done with the GOP, it ain’t even funny...especially after the senate voted 93-7 to allow the DoJ to hold americans indefinitely!?!?!?!
I no longer recognize or know anything anymore...
If he does, we get four more years of Obozo because Huntsmans daddy can finance a campaign that would get about 5 percent of the vote.
I have believed all along that Huntsman is just a stooge for Obama. But if he runs 3rd party, as I expect he will, he will gather in just as many Dem as Pubby votes. I would really be surprised if he has any net impact on the election outcome. But you are right about NH. A credible showing there would greatly increase his stature as a 3rd party candidate.
Now Ron Paul or Trump - a much bigger problem. Where is Ralph Nader when the world really needs him?
Ref. your Post #22. Two things here:
#1. I’m not sure Huntsman would pull many Dem votes. The Obozo-bots are cultish followers. And, any Dems who would vote for him, would vote for the GOP candidate if he was not in the race.
#2. Ralph Nader? He’s not running but he is encouraging others, such as Dennis Kucinich or Bernie Sanders to mount at least a Primary challenge to Obozo.
If Huntsman gets the nomination, I will vote for him. If Romney gets the nomination, I will vote for him. If Santorum gets the nomination, I will vote for him. If Gingrich gets the nomination, I will vote for him. If Bachmann gets the nomination, I will vote for her. If Cain gets the nomination, I will vote for him. If Paul gets the nomination, I will vote for him. If Palin gets the nomination, I will vote for her. If Giuliani gets the nomination, I will vote for him. If Trump gets the nomination, I will vote for him.
But I will NOT vote for ANY “third party” candidate.
“I no longer recognize or know anything anymore...”
Because the masks fell off, especially in 2010.
When you think of the face of the GOP, think Murkowski, not Palin. Think Scozzafava, not Bachmann.
Conservative is not congruent with Republican.
Republican is not congruent with Conservative.
Oh, I know, they hate us, but that’s ok, because the feeling is well more than mutual.
They were saying the same thing about John Anderson in 1980. His third party run would hand the election over to Carter and deny Reagan the White House. See how that worked out...
But I will NOT vote for ANY third party candidate.
Well said. I am going to vote for the GOP no matter who it is. I don't like Romney at all and I think Ron Paul is a kook, but I will even vote for them if they are the Republican nominee.
Voting 3rd party is akin to taking your ballot and flushing it down the crapper. It is one right of center vote taken away from the effort to remove the socialist currently occupying the White House from power. Supreme Court picks alone warrant voting for the Republican nominee no matter who it is.
The brunette is the only attractive one, and it could be partially due to the fact that she is flanked by her uglier sisters.
I’m not to defend him being Obama’s ambassador. But you’re clearly wrong and/or misinformed about Huntsman’s record. His economic platform is to the RIGHT of all the top tier Republican candidates. He is the only candidate with the balls to propose winding down Fannie & Freddie and has put forward a REAL proposal to end TBTF using the FREE-MARKET. He is 100% pro-life and 100% pro-gun. He is someone worthy of conservative support.
You’re wrong. Huntsman has explicitly denied he will mount a third party run. The original story was misleading. He never was open to the idea:
It looks like he’s gearing up for his role as Romney-spoiler.
Huntsman may be going up to level off at a very low ceiling. He won’t make it high enough to be a shooting star, or suffer a tough fall.
You’re wrong. Huntsman explicity denied he was interested in a third-party run. That was taken out of context and there’s no truth to that at all:
Thanks so much for your Post #31. That really does put my mind at ease. I was really concerned over that possibility.
OK. That's what he said. I'll go with that for now. Thanks for the link.
He is against cap and trade. It hasn’t worked and our economy is in a different place than it was in 2007.
The Libertarian case for Jon Huntsman:
I’d vote for Romney before Huntsman, and I’m never voting for Romney.
That’s makes a lot of sense.