The PJ Tatler

Huntsman Dropping Out of GOP Presidential Race; Will Endorse Romney

Likely beneficiary? Probably Romney. I guess.

Jon Huntsman will drop out of the Republican presidential race  on Monday, a campaign spokesman told ABC News.

A source close to the Huntsman campaign said the former ambassador to China and Utah governor was “proud of the race that he ran” but “did not want to stand in the way” of rival Mitt Romney, the current front-runner for the Republican nomination.

Huntsman plans to endorse Romney at an 11 a.m. press conference Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

After a disappointing third place finish in New Hampshire — a contest on which he had staked his candidacy — Huntsman vowed to fight on. In his concession speech in New Hampshire, he told his supporters:  “I say third place is a ticket to ride, ladies and gentleman! Hello, South Carolina!”

But just six days from the South Carolina primary, Huntsman has said goodbye to the Palmetto state after all.

Huntsman’s candidacy never matched his record as governor, and never made a whole lot of sense. He opened up his campaign essentially accusing GOP voters of being anti-science, and then spent much of his campaign describing how he sees America from 10,000 miles away. While his campaign went nowhere, his top adviser went straight to the bank. When he wasn’t running a vacant ad of a guy on a motorcycle, he had his daughters starring in a parody ad singing how they would “Bring Huntsman Back.”

Yeah, not so much.