Jon Huntsman Jr.’s road to South Carolina: Stephen Colbert and endorsements

Some voices are already questioning the Tuesday decision by Jon Huntsman Jr. to continue his presidential campaign in South Carolina after finishing third in New Hampshire.

The Hill’s Campaign Blog summarized, “A campaign official told The Hill that Huntsman, who staked his campaign on a strong showing in New Hampshire, would head to South Carolina on Wednesday. Questions about Huntsman’s viability were already being raised on cable television news networks monitoring the returns. Huntsman … focused his energies on (New Hampshire). There are expected to be comparisons to Michele Bachmann, whose presidential campaign depended on doing well in Iowa. After a disappointing fifth place in the caucuses last week, she (dropped out).”

Jon Huntsman Jr.

In light of the hullabaloo surrounding whether Huntsman should continue his candidacy into South Carolina, we now note two timely facts related to Huntsman’s campaign:

Bad news for Team Huntsman: Right now the former Utah governor is a less popular presidential candidate in South Carolina than comedian/entertainer Stephen Colbert. (Seriously!) Here’s how we know: Public Policy Polling released results Tuesday from recent polling in the Palmetto State where Colbert — a South Carolina native who has flirted on his Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report” with the idea of putting his name on the ballot for the S.C. presidential primary — finished in sixth place with 5 percent of votes, just ahead of Huntsman’s 4 percent. (Without fanfare or forewarning, Public Policy Polling stealthily threw Colbert’s name among the “usual suspects,” i.e., the Republicans who are actually running for president.)

Stephen Colbert

Good news for Team Huntsman: The candidate hassome strong endorsements in South Carolina. These include Mike Campbell, S.C. campaign chair in 2008 for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee AND son of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell; state attorney general Alan Wilson; and former state attorney general Henry McMaster.

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