Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Newt Gingrich's campaign is planning to announce he has snatched a high-profile Jon Huntsman supporter in New Hampshire, CNN has learned.
Early Huntsman supporter Richard Brothers, who was listed as one of the candidate's alternate delegates to the national convention, will now join Gingrich's team, the campaign will announce Monday.
Brothers, a former state commissioner of employment security, is set to serve as special adviser for veterans affairs.
CNN has also learned that New Hampshire State Rep. Stephen Stepanek will also join the Gingrich campaign.
The announcement comes as Huntsman and Gingrich plan to meet for a Lincoln-Douglas style debate in Manchester on Monday.
Huntsman entered the presidential primary race to great fanfare but struggled to gain traction in polls and has posted anemic fundraising numbers. Recent polls have shown his support rising to double digits in New Hampshire.
He has concentrated his efforts on running a retail politics-style campaign in the state, and has hosted more than 100 events here.
Gingrich suffered through a summer with dismal polling numbers but has made a comeback in the race and is now considered a front-runner. Recent polls show him in second place in New Hampshire.
– CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.