Ticket to ride?

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says in tonight’s concession speech that his third-place finish in New Hampshire gives him a ticket to ride (presumably to South Carolina).

Huntsman has bet everything on N.H., but his yield among Republicans is slim. The interesting exit poll results to consider—how well he did among Democrats who have lost their enthusiasm for President Barack Obama. But even among independents, former Mass. Gov. Romney polled better than Huntsman (although both trailed Rep. Ron Paul).

Very hard to believe that this bet on New Hampshire yielded results. Even with his surge in recent days, there does not appear to be a constituency for his brand in South Carolina.

The only paid-for ticket to ride to South Carolina and beyond would seem to be significant funds pouring into the Huntsman Super PAC.

Categories: New Hampshire

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Paul Edwards

Prior to joining the Deseret News, Paul Edwards was executive vice president and provost of Southern Virginia University, president and distinguished scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and taught political science at Brigham Young University. Edwards received his law degree and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley where he was articles editor for the California Law Review. He served as a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals. His scholarship has focused on economic development, the regulation of campaigns and elections, the regulation of higher education, and corporate governance.

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