(CNN) - Jon Huntsman said Tuesday he would push forward and compete in the next state on the GOP nominating calendar, South Carolina.
Huntsman, who staked his entire presidential campaign on New Hampshire, was projected by CNN to come in third in the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary.
"We go south from here," Huntsman said in an exclusive interview with CNN Political Correspondent Jim Acosta.
He continued, "I think you have to conclude there are a few tickets out of New Hampshire. We're in solid third and who knows beyond that."
Huntsman said New Hampshire and South Carolina voters were ultimately looking for similar traits in candidates: the ability to run and win against President Barack Obama.
"The people of South Carolina are going to be looking for the same thing as people of New Hampshire and that is electability," Huntsman said. "Somebody who is going to carry us to victory ultimately. Be able to address the trust deficit and economic deficit and not talk about firing people or pink slips in a way they will get tripped up by the DNC and Chicago machine that has a billion dollars behind it."