According to the New York Times, Jon Huntsman has told his advisers that he is withdrawing for the Republican Presidential campaign and instead will endorse Mitt Romney.He is scheduled to make his announcement tomorrow prior to the GOP debate scheduled for Myrtle Beach tomorrow evening. His campaign manager, Matt David, stated that Huntsman has decided that it was time for Republicans to unite behind Mitt Romney.
Huntsman had hoped that his campaign would draw the votes of those who were tired of the endless fighting between the two political parties and believed that he would be an effective agent for this since he served as Ambassador to China under President Obama. However, his third place finish in the New Hampshire primary, where he had virtually remained encamped for the last year, may have convinced him that this constituency was smaller than he once believed.
In a bit of irony, The State, South Carolina’s largest newspaper, endorsed Huntsman earlier today.