Huntsman Surges in N.H. Poll

    GOOSE CREEK, SC - DECEMBER 03:  Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks to Republican supporters at a breakfast event on December 3, 2011 in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Huntsman is planning to have a town hall meeting in New Hampshire next weekend instead of participating in the Iowa debate.  (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

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    Does Jon Huntsman Jr. have enough time to become the GOP’s new “flavor of the month?” Less than four weeks from the New Hampshire primary, the former Utah governor has surged in a poll released last night by Suffolk University. Huntsman, who has dedicated much of his campaigning to the Granite State, gathered 13 percent in the new poll, placing him in third place, behind Mitt Romney’s 38 percent and Newt Gingrich’s 20 percent. While Romney maintains a comfortable lead, polling experts say that if New Hampshire independents show up in droves on Jan. 10, Huntsman could be in the mix to win the primary. Independents outnumber Republicans in New Hampshire 3–2..

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