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Huntsman to End Presidency Bid, Endorse Front-Runner Romney

Jon Huntsman Jr., trailing in the polls and after a third-place finish in New Hampshire, will drop out of the Republican presidential race today and endorse Mitt Romney, a campaign official said.

Huntsman, a former Utah governor who served as ambassador to China for President Barack Obama, struggled financially throughout the primary contest and was running last in an average of three statewide polls in South Carolina. He didn’t compete in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses to focus on the Jan. 10 contest in New Hampshire, staking his campaign on that state.