Huntsman to quit GOP race and back Romney

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the end of the road for Jon Huntsman.

The Republican presidential candidate is expected to pull out of the race today and back front-runner Mitt Romney.

Huntsman, who served as President Barack Obama's ambassador to
China, had counted on New Hampshire to make him a legitimate challenger to Romney -- but he could do no better than third.

Campaign officials say Huntsman will endorse Romney because he
believes Romney is the best candidate to beat Obama in November.

Campaign manager Matt David said Sunday that Huntsman will announce his withdrawal at an event in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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