Jon Huntsman Beaten Out by Ron Paul in New Hampshire Primary – Jon Huntsman did far better in the New Hampshire primary than he might have expected a few days ago.

Securing a third-place New Hampshire finish was far better than he expected even if was not what he needed to continue his bid for the GOP nomination.

Huntsman, the former Utah governor faces an additional set of problems than that which confronted him while campaigning nearly non-stop in the state where he staked his campaign, reports Politico.

In South Carolina — where he’s hoping to capitalize on a split among conservatives and shoot up the middle as the new anti-Mitt Romney alternative — and beyond, Huntsman will have to do that without any recent retail presence or ground operation.

Ron Paul beat out Jon Huntsman for a distant second-place finish, while would-be conservative challengers Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich struggled to even crack the double-digit threshold. Rick Perry, who packed his bags for South Carolina long ago, was all but shut out.

In 2008 John McCain won the first-in-the-nation GOP primary with the help of independent voters. This year, independents splintered while Romney crushed his opponents among registered Republicans, winning nearly 50% of their votes.

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