Jon Huntsman says third in New Hampshire primary is ‘a ticket to ride’

Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman gestures during a New Hampshire primary night party in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday Jan. 10, 2012.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Jon Huntsman Jr. called his third-place finish Tuesday in the nation’s first presidential primary “a ticket to ride” on to South Carolina, the next state to vote in the race for the GOP nomination.

His campaign had hoped that Huntsman could come in a close second behind primary winner, Mitt Romney, the other candidate in the race with Utah ties.

Instead, Huntsman trailed both Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich was fourth.

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