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Jon Huntman to quit presidential race, endorse Mitt Romney

Jon M. Huntsman, a former governor of Utah who had hoped to parlay a centrist approach to foreign and economic policies into a winning strategy for the Republican nomination for the presidency, has decided to withdraw from the race, his campaign manager told The Associated Press last night.

Huntsman, who placed third in the New Hampshire primary last week after devoting almost his entire candidacy to an effort to win in the Granite State, is expected to endorse Mitt Romney for the nomination in a news conference in South Carolina later this morning. In Romney, Huntsman sees a candidate who has the best chance for defeating President Obama in November, according to news reports.

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