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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on January 6th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

The Caucus - The Politics and Government blog of The New York Times

January 5, 2012, 7:48 PM

Boston Globe Endorses Huntsman

By JIM RUTENBERG

NEWPORT, N.H. — The Boston Globe has endorsed Jon M. Huntsman Jr. for the Republican nomination, the candidate announced Thursday night at a rally at a high school here.

Though from a Democratic-leaning editorial board, the endorsement nonetheless provides a potentially major boost to Mr. Huntsman’s dark-horse candidacy before a primary in which independents can prove pivotal.

With little money left in his campaign bank account and relatively low ­if slowly rising ­ poll numbers, Mr. Huntsman has been hoping to be the latest candidate to catch fire as the leading alternative to the front-runner, Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, much as Senator Rick Santorum did just before the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday.

It is the second time the paper has snubbed its former home-state governor: In 2008 it endorsed Senator John McCain, the nominee that year, who endorsed Mr. Romney on Wednesday. In the Democratic primary, The Globe endorsed Barack Obama.

The major newspaper in New Hampshire, The Union Leader of Manchester, has endorsed Newt Gingrich, who has seen his candidacy slide in the polls in recent weeks.

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