Huntsmania: The Single-Digit Shuffle

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June 29 2011 10:36 AM

Huntsmania: The Single-Digit Shuffle

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Having pointed out Jon Huntsman's slippage in the national Gallup poll, it's only fair that I mark his debut in the New Hampshire Suffolk University/7News poll. Bachmann rose 8 points to 11 percent; Romney rose one point to 36 percent.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

With the exception of Romney and Bachmann, support for the 18 candidates tested remained in single digits. Tim Pawlenty slipped 3 points, to 2 percent, and Newt Gingrich was unchanged with 2 percent... Ron Paul has remained steady with 8 percent since early May, ranking him third overall and ahead of Palin (4 percent) and Rudy Giuliani (5 percent). Jon Huntsman gained 4 points (4 percent), ranking him ahead of Gingrich, Pawlenty and Rick Santorum (1 percent).
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A few tours, a campaign launch, and a bungled debate performance from the other Man Who Would Be the Anti-Romney, and all of a sudden Huntsman is the best-performing Anti-Romney. Staging his campaign launch right after the debate -- and thus missing it -- hurt only insofar as gave Bachmann a chance to break out. But who wants to break out in June?

Meanwhile, the Daily Beast looks into Huntsman's rise, the role of his father in that rise, and how successful the candidate has been in de-silver-spooning himself.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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