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Huntsman surges in New Hampshire

Timothy Kincaid

January 10th, 2012

Maybe it was just his time. Maybe it was the fact that in the debates he actually answered questions that reveals an understanding of the issues rather than a memorization of cue cards. And just maybe New Hampshire primary voters wanted someone who wasn’t committed to coming in and overturning their laws.

But over the past few days, Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah (where he has received credit for working with the gay community) and ambassador to China, has had a surge in the polls. And with early poll results coming in, it looks as though Huntsman has performed well above expectation. A strong third place tonight would strengthen Huntsman’s campaign.

At (admittedly small) 14% of precincts reporting, the numbers are:

35.6% Mitt Romney 10,393
24.1% Ron Paul 7,029
18.0% Jon Huntsman 5,243

UPDATE:

With 19% of precincts (still small), Huntsman is holding well

35.5% Mitt Romney
24.7% Ron Paul
17.0% Jon Huntsman

UPDATE:

24% are in. Huntsman’s initial number is proving a bit weak, but I think he can leave tonight with his head held high. Incidentally, Huntsman is the only remaining Republican nominee to support civil unions because he thinks “this nation can do a better job when it comes to equality.”

35.4% Mitt Romney
24.9% Ron Paul
16.9% Jon Huntsman

UPDATE:

With 26% in, I have to leave you for a bit.

35.1% Mitt Romney
25.1% Ron Paul
16.8% Jon Huntsman

UPDATE:

With 96% reporting

39.3% Mitt Romney
22.8% Ron Paul
16.8% Jon Huntsman

In all, not a great night for the extreme wing. And perhaps the results will give Huntsman greater credibility for his more moderate message.

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Pomo
January 10th, 2012 | LINK

I’ve been a Huntsman supporter from the beginning. I’m glad he finally got recognition and have been frustrated that the majority of the republican primary electorate has ignored him for the more extreme candidates. Do they really think those extreme views will win in a general election? But Huntsman has put all his eggs in the NH basket. I, unfortunately, don’t see him doing well in South Carolina and Florida and other more socially conservative states.

It’ll probably end up being another year of voting Libertarian for me. Atleast they have a quality candidate in Gary Johnson

Hyhybt
January 10th, 2012 | LINK

Irrational, I know, but I’d still like him better if he had a different name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsman_spider

tim
January 10th, 2012 | LINK

Unfortunately the Log Cabin Republicans issued a statement putting their full support behind Romney. This is why I have a hard time taking them seriously.

cowboy
January 11th, 2012 | LINK

Let’s jump forward a bit and predict who Romney will pick as his running mate.

Probably someone relatively unknown who never has been in any of the debates. We already have witnessed some major personality clashes.

Probably an Evangelical to shore up the abortion and anti-gay marriage votes.

Scott Brown of Massachusetts?

Jay Jonson
January 11th, 2012 | LINK

I doubt Romney will pick someone from Massachusetts as his running mate. I don’t know where Romney lists his “home” these days, but if it is Massachusetts, he cannot pick someone from the same state as his running mate.

I suspect he will pick a Floridian or a Virginian. So either the young handsome Hispanic Florida Senator or the current, Evangelical governor of Virginia.

Timothy Kincaid
January 11th, 2012 | LINK

Tim,

I’m on Log Cabin’s mailing list and have not seen this “full support” that you mention. I think you may be mistaken.

So you can now return to taking them seriously.

Mark F.
January 11th, 2012 | LINK

Ron Paul believes marriage should be a state matter and opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment, for the record.

So at least 40% of the electorate voted for at least partially pro-gay candidates.

JohnAGJ
January 11th, 2012 | LINK

@Mark F.: Paul also has pushed for his We The People Act which put civil rights at the mercy of States’ rights. I’m not talking just about gay rights, but religious and gender as well. That would essentially gut the 14th Amendment and leave folks with remedy when States violate their civil rights. This, and his support for WikiLeaks as well as the traitor Bradley Manning, are the main reasons why I could never support Paul.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.958:

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