Jon Huntsman to end 2012 GOP presidential campaign, to endorse Mitt Romney for president, reports say

By on Jan 16, 2012 in International, Politics, United States Comments

Jon Huntsman is being set to end his 2012 GOP presidential campaign on Monday, January 16, 2012, and is being expected to endorse Mitt Romney as his presidential candidate.

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According to CNN on Sunday night, an unnamed senior campaign official of Jon Huntsman told them that the former Utah governor will withdraw from the 2012 presidential election.

As noted in the report, Huntsman‘s family will join him in an event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at 11 p.m. (local time), where he will announce his withdrawal from the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Gov. Huntsman did not want to stand in the way of the candidate best prepared to beat (President) Barack Obama and turn our economy around. That’s Mitt Romney.” The campaign official was quoted telling to CNN.

“He went to church today and sat down and met with some supporters. A final decision was made after that.” A source was quoted on the report, adding that he and his family spent the last few days talking about the decision.

Huntsman, 51, who is also a former U.S. Ambassador to China, landed third in the New Hampshire primary last Tuesday, January 10 and landed last in the 2012 Iowa caucus last January 4, where he decided not to join.

On the other hand, Mitt Romney, who won the first two Republican presidential primary elections, will join the other GOP presidential candidates including Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and Texas Governor Rick Perry in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, January 21.

In case Huntsman‘s announcement will push through, he will be the third GOP presidential candidate to announce backing out from the race, and will join Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann and former Godfather’s Pizza chief Herman Cain.

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