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Huntsman Gaining Traction in New Hampshire
WBUR ^ | December 2, 2011 | Fred Thys

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 he’s 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 don’t want 15 minutes of fame,” Huntsman told reporters at the Merrimack Town Hall. “I want a sustained rise that isn’t fickle and isn’t short-lived, and in order to get that, you’ve gotta lay a substantive groundwork here in New Hampshire, which is what we’re 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. That’s the most he’s 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 that’s 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 she’s still considering all the candidates.

“I haven’t even begun to make up my mind yet,” Mauser said.

Most people still don’t know who Huntsman is. Lousie Charney is among those who want to know more.

(Excerpt) Read more at wbur.org ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: huntsman; jonhuntsman; newhampshire; newt; obama; romney; utah
It's getting late in the day for Huntsman, but I will pass along these poll numbers from December 2, 2007 concerning the NH primary:

Romney 33 Rudy 18 McCain 15

Huntsman is now polling at 11, and I contend that Mitt & Newt's positions at the top are more precarious than Mitt & Rudy's in 2007.

1 posted on 12/02/2011 8:11:41 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Uh, Huntsman? Obama’s handpicked choice?
He is by far the most liberal candidate. Global warming scam artist and amnesty activist.

If we have to go through every candidate one by one, I think it is Santorum’s turn.


2 posted on 12/02/2011 8:15:57 AM PST by heiss (heartless and inhumane)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Where is he on cap and trade?


3 posted on 12/02/2011 8:16:04 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Mitt Romney, a piss poor choice)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Uh, Huntsman? Obama’s handpicked choice?
He is by far the most liberal candidate. Global warming scam artist and amnesty activist.

If we have to go through every candidate one by one, I think it is Santorum’s turn.


4 posted on 12/02/2011 8:16:06 AM PST by heiss (heartless and inhumane)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Huntsman is a candy ass RINO.


5 posted on 12/02/2011 8:16:10 AM PST by ZippyTheGreat (The Revolution is in progress!)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

No Huntsman, No Way!


6 posted on 12/02/2011 8:17:28 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Rudy didn’t even enter the race until after Newt Hampshire.


7 posted on 12/02/2011 8:17:38 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (1/3/2012-Iowa 1/10-Newt Hampshire 1/21-South Carolina 1/31-Florida)
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To: heiss

Santorum is a real conservative.


8 posted on 12/02/2011 8:18:12 AM PST by ZippyTheGreat (The Revolution is in progress!)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Well, he’s the only one who can takes votes away from the other RINO, Romney. But, I want to see him lose miserably in the Primary races because, he has said he would NOT rule out a Third Party run. If he does, we get four more years of Obozo because Huntsman’s daddy can finance a campaign that would get about 5 percent of the vote. As close as this election will be; can you practice saying: “President Obama” for the next four years.

Huntsman will be the most hated man in America if he does mount a Third Party run.


9 posted on 12/02/2011 8:18:16 AM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: heiss; All

I think Santorum is going to be the BIG SURPRISE coming out of Iowa. He won’t win, but I predict he will come in 3rd Place.


10 posted on 12/02/2011 8:20:25 AM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

He has a much more conservative record than Mitt and doesn’t have the weirdness of Newton Leroy “Future Shock” Gingrich.


11 posted on 12/02/2011 8:20:36 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Free TOTUS)
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To: broken_arrow1

12 posted on 12/02/2011 8:20:52 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I, for one, am tired of “news” being poll results and horse race commentary rather than an exposition and discussion of the issues.


13 posted on 12/02/2011 8:23:00 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Laugh Out Loud!


14 posted on 12/02/2011 8:24:58 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

Will Huntsman refer to Obama as “boss” during the debates?


15 posted on 12/02/2011 8:25:40 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: NeoCaveman

I agree. Hunstman is much more conservative than his image. Could it be a disinformation campaign by the left wing media desigined to prop of the RINO (Mitt) and the baggage handler (Newt) and keep Huntsman down?

This race is so fluid anything can still happen. Newt shouldn’t redecorating the Oval Office just yet.


16 posted on 12/02/2011 8:26:25 AM PST by Astronaut
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Not that there's a lot of them, but can we get a quorum and agree that all Huntsman threads need to have a picture of his daughters?

I mean, they really are the only redeeming factor about him.


17 posted on 12/02/2011 8:26:44 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Jon Huntsman’s Love Letters (to Obama & the Clintons)

Jon Huntsman's Cap and Trade, Stimulus Support, and Individual Mandate Past Catches Up to Him

Huntsman thought Obama’s stimulus plan wasn’t big enough

18 posted on 12/02/2011 8:27:10 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: heiss

The only reason Huntsman is ticking up is because of the cult members abandoning flip flop Romney.


19 posted on 12/02/2011 8:28:28 AM PST by SENTINEL (Romney is to Conservatism what Mormonism is to Christianity.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Did they eventually lock lips in that pic you posted?


20 posted on 12/02/2011 8:30:00 AM PST by Recon Dad ("The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win and cheat if necessary.")
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To: bigdirty

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...


21 posted on 12/02/2011 8:33:17 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: no dems

If he does, we get four more years of Obozo because Huntsman’s daddy can finance a campaign that would get about 5 percent of the vote.
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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?


22 posted on 12/02/2011 8:33:25 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: InterceptPoint

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.


23 posted on 12/02/2011 8:39:25 AM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

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.


24 posted on 12/02/2011 8:42:05 AM PST by Walrus (Big government is the natural enemy of liberty)
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To: chris37

“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.


25 posted on 12/02/2011 8:46:49 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Psalm 144

Oh, I know, they hate us, but that’s ok, because the feeling is well more than mutual.


26 posted on 12/02/2011 8:48:55 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: no dems

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...


27 posted on 12/02/2011 8:58:42 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Walrus
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.

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.

28 posted on 12/02/2011 9:04:41 AM PST by Longbow1969
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To: Owl_Eagle

The brunette is the only attractive one, and it could be partially due to the fact that she is flanked by her uglier sisters.


29 posted on 12/02/2011 9:08:00 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: heiss

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.


30 posted on 12/02/2011 9:15:21 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: no dems

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:

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/blog/2011/11/27/huntsman-says-he-wont-run-third-party-candidate


31 posted on 12/02/2011 9:21:22 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Walrus

Amen.


32 posted on 12/02/2011 9:33:59 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: St. Louis Conservative

It looks like he’s gearing up for his role as Romney-spoiler.


33 posted on 12/02/2011 9:50:43 AM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

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.


34 posted on 12/02/2011 9:58:14 AM PST by pallis
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To: InterceptPoint

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:

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/blog/2011/11/27/huntsman-says-he-wont-run-third-party-candidate


35 posted on 12/02/2011 10:38:04 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Thanks so much for your Post #31. That really does put my mind at ease. I was really concerned over that possibility.


36 posted on 12/02/2011 11:06:38 AM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
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 ...

OK. That's what he said. I'll go with that for now. Thanks for the link.

37 posted on 12/02/2011 12:11:08 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: Sybeck1

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:

http://www.jon2012.com/index.php/hpress/news/libertarian_case_for_jon_huntsman


38 posted on 12/02/2011 12:27:37 PM PST by erlayman
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I’d vote for Romney before Huntsman, and I’m never voting for Romney.


39 posted on 12/02/2011 12:28:55 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: dfwgator

That’s makes a lot of sense.


40 posted on 12/02/2011 1:23:53 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: dfwgator
I’d vote for Romney before Huntsman, and I’m never voting for Romney.

oh, goodie, we have them fighting among themselves, just as we'd planned....s/Barack

41 posted on 12/02/2011 1:49:57 PM PST by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: Walrus
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.

WOW an actual conservative Republican that will do anything to keep Obama from a second term....my kind of guy/gal But I will NOT vote for ANY “third party” candidate.

42 posted on 12/02/2011 1:58:50 PM PST by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: Walrus

And as long as people have that attitude and accept the dog food the GOP gives them, you will keep getting these kind of candidates.

It’s time to say, “Enough is Enough!” McCain was the last straw.


43 posted on 12/02/2011 2:04:12 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: dfwgator

But WHO is the dog food that the GOP is giving us this time round? There have been so many front-runners that I am losing count. It makes the head spin.

I didn’t need any pointers from the RNC, or the TV talking-heads, or the newspaper columnists, or the talk-radio hosts, to come to the conclusion that I didn’t want Mitt Romney to win the nomination, and that I wanted Jon Huntsman in the White House.

Huntsman hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the establishment with his bold stance on Too-Big-To-Fail banks. So, do the GOP still want to spoon-feed us Romney, do you think?


44 posted on 12/03/2011 4:05:08 AM PST by Tredegar (Huntsman 2012 - Qualifications, Experience and Expertise, MATTER)
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To: heiss

Oh, yeah. I forgot about his amnesty position. Just when I was trying to warm up to him as an alternative.

Jeesh. Who am I going to be back to, Bachmann?

Argh.


45 posted on 12/03/2011 4:14:52 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: ZippyTheGreat

Santorum is a big-government, play-along conservative with authoritarian social leanings, which is not the kind of guy NH would go for.

That said, he’s got to be in the mix for considering who’s the best of this sorry bunch.


46 posted on 12/03/2011 4:44:22 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Here’s another poll on the GOP race that just got started, so the numbers are very skewed right now. Everyone can forward it around to anyone planning on voting in the Republican GOP primary or caucus, in an attempt to get a larger and more representative voting base:

http://micropoll.com/t/LEzBOZFlnc


47 posted on 12/04/2011 11:07:33 PM PST by BagCamAddict (If we let them run Cain out of town, they will do it to EVERY GOP candidate from now on.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Here’s another poll on the GOP race that just got started, so the numbers are very skewed right now. Everyone can forward it around to anyone planning on voting in the Republican GOP primary or caucus, in an attempt to get a larger and more representative voting base:

http://micropoll.com/t/LEzBOZFlnc


48 posted on 12/04/2011 11:08:31 PM PST by BagCamAddict (If we let them run Cain out of town, they will do it to EVERY GOP candidate from now on.)
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