Through storms, bad polls and fundraising, Huntsman forges on

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Thomas Burr of the Salt Lake Tribune:

At MaryAnn’s Diner in Derry, a New Hampshire haunt that boasts pictures of Al Gore, Rudy Giuliani, Ron Paul and two of Mitt Romney, it’s hard to find a voter who knows much, if anything, about Huntsman. And the ones who do don’t offer much hope for him. … ‘I don’t like the cut of his jib,’ Anderson says of Huntsman. ‘I don’t think he espouses what I like,’ which is, she says, a candidate who ‘stops being so much a Republican or a Democrat and do what needs to be done.’ Actually, that’s been a big part of Huntsman’s stock stump speech, but Anderson hasn’t heard it. And in a state where even Huntsman acknowledges you need to shake a voter’s hand 15 times to get his or her support, Anderson hasn’t met Huntsman. …

Supporters close to Huntsman’s campaign know they need to air television ads and introduce their candidate to a wider audience. But there’s no money in the kitty for TV spots, and a group formed to help boost Huntsman’s chances – the Our Destiny political action committee, which can take in and spend unlimited amounts of money – has yet to make any moves. Those close to the super PAC say it will put up ads within the next two weeks.

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