Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah and Mitt Romney political look-alike, has officially dropped out of the Republican race for Preznit. At least he went out swinging, racking up an impressive 17% of the primary vote in New Hampshire last week, after barely cracking one percent in polls over the past 12 months. Does this change anything? Does Mittens of Bainwreck have any concerns that without Huntsman to absorb his admirable share of anti-science, anti-Mormon hatred from the conservative base it could be refocused on the heretic? Or will it help somehow; in the old 2008 way of saying it cynically, is this Great News for Mitt Romney?
(WaPo) — Before news of Huntsman’s decision broke, Romney’s other rivals wrestled with the likelihood that they’ll split the vote of South Carolina’s social conservatives. “I think the only way that a Massachusetts moderate can get through South Carolina is if the vote is split,” said Newt Gingrich, portraying himself as the lone conservative with a “realistic chance” of beating Romney in the first-in-the-South contest.