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UPDATE: Jon Huntsman quits presidential race

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WKOW) -- Republican Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the GOP presidential race and has endorsed Mitt Romney.

Huntsman said the former Massachusetts governor gives the Republican Party its best shot at defeating President Barack Obama in the November general election.

After staking his candidacy on New Hampshire, Huntsman finished third in the primary there last week. He faced a likely defeat in South Carolina's primary on Saturday.

Huntsman is a former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China.

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Jon Huntsman's campaign says he will drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and endorse front-runner Mitt Romney at an event Monday in South Carolina.

Huntsman, a former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, finished third in the New Hampshire Republican primary last Tuesday, but has been polling in the single digits in South Carolina, which holds its Republican primary Saturday.

Romney holds a lead in the latest polls out of South Carolina, after winning in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Jon Huntsman will withdraw from the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday.

Campaign officials tell The Associated Press Huntsman then endorse Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at an event in South Carolina Monday morning.

The former Utah governor placed third in last week's New Hampshire primary. He acknowledged expectations for him in South Carolina's primary will be very low.

Huntsman was at the bottom of national polls, barely registering one or two percent.

Campaign officials breaking the news Sunday night spoke on the condition of anonymity because Huntsman plans to make the official announcement on Monday.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Jon Huntsman says he plans to withdraw from the race for Republican presidential nomination.

Huntsman served as the 16th governor of Utah. He also served in the administrations of four U.S. Presidents.

 

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