Alone in NH, Huntsman sees past Iowa

Dec 29 2011 - 6:24pm

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Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks at the Laconia Rotary Club luncheon in Laconia, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman shakes hands with Rotarian James Eakin while grabbing something to eat at the Laconia Rotary Club luncheon in Laconia, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, laughs as wife Mary Kaye, tries on a belt, during a tour of the Page Belting Company in Boscawen, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Company President and CEO Marc Coen is at left, employee Daisy Lovera of Littleton, N.H. is at right. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman talks to employees at the Page Belting Company in Boscawen, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican 2012 presidential candidate, Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says the Pledge of Allegiance at the Laconia Rotary luncheon in Laconia, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks at the Laconia Rotary Club luncheon in Laconia, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman shakes hands with Rotarian James Eakin while grabbing something to eat at the Laconia Rotary Club luncheon in Laconia, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, laughs as wife Mary Kaye, tries on a belt, during a tour of the Page Belting Company in Boscawen, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Company President and CEO Marc Coen is at left, employee Daisy Lovera of Littleton, N.H. is at right. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman talks to employees at the Page Belting Company in Boscawen, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican 2012 presidential candidate, Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says the Pledge of Allegiance at the Laconia Rotary luncheon in Laconia, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

LACONIA, N.H. -- The political world is spinning in Iowa this week. And Jon Huntsman says he doesn't care.

The former Utah governor is hunkered down in New Hampshire, where he's staking his entire presidential candidacy on a strong finish in the Jan. 10 Republican primary.

Huntsman is in the midst of a 13-day campaign marathon in New Hampshire while his rivals focus on Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. But come Wednesday, the presidential contest will come to him.

Polling suggests his popularity may be growing in New Hampshire. But betting on one state is risky and Huntsman says he may leave the race if he doesn't finish in the top three.

Huntsman tells voters he's more electable than his rivals, but he has struggled to win over his party's more conservative wing.

 

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