Jon Huntsman got an important endorsement in New Hampshire, from the small but still influential newspaper, the Concord Monitor. Huntsman has been trailing in the polls and has spent much of his time campaigning in the state. In an editorial, the paper wrote that “the choice of Huntsman should be clear … Huntsman, a consistent but never doctrinaire conservative, would present the greatest challenge to Obama.” While it’s a big win for Huntsman—the Monitor covers the state capital—it still probably won’t be as influential the more conservative paper, the Union Leader’s, endorsement of Gingrich in November. But it wasn’t all good news for Huntsman on Friday, as he failed to qualify for the Virginia Super Tuesday primary. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum also did not qualify, all three did not submit enough signatures by the Thursday-night deadline.
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