Huntsman files for candidacy in New Hampshire primary
October 17th, 2011
04:24 PM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman files for candidacy in New Hampshire primary

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman continued to emphasize his commitment to New Hampshire's primary Monday as he filed his candidacy to run in the state's upcoming primary.

Monday was the first day for candidates to file to have their name put on New Hampshire's ballot. The filing period continues through Oct. 28.

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Rep. Ron Paul filed his candidacy via a representative Monday morning. Vice President Joe Biden will file paperwork for President Barack Obama on Thursday, the secretary of state's office said.

Huntsman arrived to fanfare in the afternoon, with supporters lining the halls outside the secretary of state's office. He handed over a folded check for $1,000 and signed the requisite paperwork.

He told members of the media at a press conference afterward that despite disappointing fund-raising numbers made public over the weekend, Huntsman felt optimistic about his chances in the nation's first primary.

"This is a state where conventional wisdom is always upended by candidates with good ideas and a vision for this country, a state where citizens take their first in the nation responsibility exceedingly seriously," he said.

Huntsman will campaign in New Hampshire Tuesday after announcing he would boycott events in Nevada. Nevada's GOP moved up its caucus date, which could in turn push New Hampshire's primary date into early- or mid-December.

Huntsman has pinned his presidential hopes on winning the state of New Hampshire.

Seven GOP candidates will meet Tuesday night in Nevada at a CNN debate.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    This, uh, filing thing should be pretty interesting in states like Arizona, which have tried to pass laws that seem suspiciously designed to prevent Pres. Obama from getting on the state's balots.

    October 17, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Huntsman has pinned his presidential hopes on winning the state of New Hampshire.
    More like.... Huntsman has pinned his presidential delusions on winning the state of New Hampshire.
    What a horrible waste of time and money.

    October 17, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    Huntsman should run as an Independent.

    October 17, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    The only smart republican in the U.S.A.

    October 17, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Stacey

    LOL! I have a better chance of winning the GOP nomination for President than Huntsman and my chances would be nil! Why is Huntsman wasting his time and money trying to grasp at something he has absolutely no shot at? The fact that he's a Mormon and once worked for President Obama automatically disqualified him for the nomination in the eyes of the tea party. You're a nice, sane guy Mr. Huntsman – stay that way. Try again in 2016. Get out while the gettin's good.

    October 17, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |