New Hampshire voters should know Huntsman is a dead end beyond their state

Steve Watson
January 10, 2012

Paul & Huntsman

Making headlines today is the story that Jon Huntsman has failed to qualify for the Arizona state primary following a “paperwork mishap”. Not exactly what you’d call an organized campaign, but then Huntsman does not have the infrastructure to continue a national campaign, indeed, Arizona now counts as the THIRD state where he is not even on the ballot.

AP reports that the former Utah governor filed paperwork for the Arizona primary a few hours before the official deadline on Monday at 5pm. However, it was missing a notarized signature from Huntsman himself, a spokesman for Secretary of State Ken Bennett told reporters.

Huntsman’s campaign says it is “aggressively” challenge the decision and believes the ruling will be overturned.

There are 29 delegates up for grabs in Arizona, the largest number out of all the early voting states. In comparison New Hampshire has less than half that number with 12 delegates.

To not even be a part of the Arizona primary on February 28, spells a death sentence for Huntsman’s campaign, as does the fact that he is also not on the ballot in either Virginia or Illinois.

Huntsman is polling in third in New Hampshire behind Ron Paul, who has been in second place in the Granite State for some time.

A statement on Ron Paul’s website addressing Huntsman’s omission from Arizona reads “Primary and Caucus voters deserve to know which candidates have credible enough organizations to push forward with competitive campaigns. Any candidate’s inability to meet such rudimentary ballot requirements reveals a lack of seriousness about their alleged goal of securing the Republican nomination.”

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have also failed to qualify in Virginia, where at least 400 signatures are required in support of a campaign from each congressional district. The Perry campaign is legally challenging the Virginia rules in an effort to get his name on the ballot.

The Huntsman campaign says it will begin campaigning in South Carolina immediately after today’s New Hampshire primary. However, the campaign has almost no infrastructure there and Huntsman’s popularity rating with Southern conservative voters is extremely low.

As with Mitt Romney, Huntsman is anything but a conservative candidate and shares practically the same outlook as Barack Obama on every major policy, as the following presentation highlights:

New Hampshire voters should know that Huntsman is being pushed as the establishment candidate there in order to prevent the real candidate for change, Ron Paul, from finishing second and gathering even more momentum going into the next set of primaries and caucuses where Huntsman himself stands no chance of challenging Romney for the nomination.

Over the past week alone, Paul has slashed in half the gap between himself and Romney in New Hampshire to just 13 percent. Paul has the national support and the infrastructure to continue to push Romney AND to challenge Obama in a general election.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.


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