Report: Jon Huntsman To Drop Out Of GOP Race Monday, Endorse Romney
According to New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman will drop out of the GOP race tomorrow. “Huntsman was urged by some advisers to stay in the race through South Carolina primary,” Zeleny wrote. “But concluded that he wanted to end with dignity.” Huntsman is expected to endorse Romney sometime this week, according to campaign officials, Zeleny added.
Read Zeleny break the news below:
CNN’s Peter Hamby confirmed the news:
Update: Zeleny has provided additional details:
Jon M. Huntsman Jr. informed his advisers on Sunday that he intends to drop out of the Republican presidential race, ending his candidacy a week before he had hoped to revive his campaign in the South Carolina primary.
Mr. Huntsman, who had struggled to live up to the soaring expectations of his candidacy, made plans to make an announcement as early as Monday. He had been set to participate in an evening debate in Myrtle Beach.
A third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary last week failed to jump start his flagging candidacy, aides said, and his campaign limped into South Carolina with little money. Mr. Huntsman has spent days pondering his future in the race, but aides said that he concluded he was unlikely to topple Mitt Romney or match the momentum of his Republican rivals in the conservative Southern primary.
Mr. Huntsman will endorse Mr. Romney’s bid for the Republican nomination this week, according to several people who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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