Starting with the Iowa caucus the whole Republican Presidential nomination race has changed. In fact, the whole bid has become a lot more quick and dynamic, as Mitt Romney is now the No. 1 favorite to score an early nomination. Thus, lower ranked candidates have begun to rethink their strategies. After Michele Bachmann’s dropout, another one bites the dust as Jon Huntsman drops the bid.
According to Fox News, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is expected to come forward on Monday and announce he is quitting his bid in the Republican presidential nomination. On top of that, it seems that Huntsman is going to throw his support to Mitt Romney. The announcement will be stated Monday at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in South Carolina.
Matt David, Huntsman’s campaign manager, gave an interview on Sunday evening saying that: “The governor and his family, at this point in the race, decided it was time for Republicans to rally around a candidate who could beat Barack Obama and turn around the economy”. Matt David pointed out that candidate was former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Huntsman’s decision to support Mitt Romney is interesting enough, coming only a few days later after accusing the former Massachusetts Governor of putting party ahead of country. But, as the South Carolina primary this week is not expected to deliver beneficial results for Huntsman and his bid won’t stand much of a chance in front of Barack Obama, dropping out of the GOP bid starts to look as the best decision yet.
If David Huntsman’s dropout is for real, then Mitt Romney will have to face in the South Carolina primary four candidates that will be coming at him with everything they got. The remaining Republicans in the race, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul, don’t have much of a real chance to win over Romney, but that doesn’t mean they will give up on challenging him.
But with Huntsman backing him, Mitt Romney is expected to come winning in colors the South Carolina primary, particularly since thinking that both candidates were competing for similar voters. Thus, to some extent, a lot of those that would support Huntsman will switch preference for Romney.