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    New ad touts Jon Huntsman’s conservative credentials

    The ad describes the candidate as “a conservative hero in this race,” a record that is “more conservative than Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney combined,” and a program that “is the most conservative.”

    A description of Michele Bachmann? Rick Santorum?

    Nope. In a full-page advertisement in today’s Union-Leader, the conservative shout-out, quoting conservatives such as George Will and Erick Erickson, goes out to Jon Huntsman from a pro-Huntsman group, Our Destiny PAC.

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    The former China ambassador, named to the post by President Obama, has positioned himself as the moderate voice who could woo independent voters in the race against Obama. Indeed, he has struggled to attract conservative voters with his more moderate stances on global warming, gay rights and other issues that are litmus tests for some conservatives.

    But time is waning, with just weeks before the primary in New Hampshire, where Huntsman has banked on a win, or coming close, and the Republican base must be wooed. The latest poll shows him gaining some traction, ranking third, behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

    Sarah Schweitzer can be reached at sschweitzer@globe.com.