While most of the other presidential candidates are campaigning around Iowa in advance of the Ames Straw Poll, former Utah Governor and former US Ambassador to China under President Obama Jon Huntsman, Jr. is campaigning around the battleground state of New Hampshire.
Huntsman said stated that he will probably not compete in the Iowa caucuses, which may be a bad move for his campaign as all states matter and it isn’t out of the question that he can receive delegate votes at the caucuses.
He has hired more than 20 staff members, who are all paid, and will open several offices around New Hampshire this summer. He will be in New Hampshire all of next week, with eight planned events around the state.
He will tour FIRST, which is a science and technology youth mentoring program, along with founder and the inventor of the Segway Dean Kamen.
Huntsman will be attending many house parties, including one at the home of former New Hampshire GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen. He will also be attending many Republican committee events.
He will also be meeting with two Chamber of Commerce groups and be touring an electronics manufacturing company that was also visited by Tim Pawlenty in May.
Huntsman will have New Hampshire to himself next week as candidates like Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Pawlenty will be campaigning in Iowa because of the Ames Straw Poll, which is coming up.
Huntsman was also in New Hampshire this week to speak at Dartmouth College, talking about the US-China relationship.
I believe that this campaign move by Huntsman this week will introduce himself to more voters there and since he will be the only candidate campaigning in the small state, he will be able to probably pick up more support for his campaign.
(Credit to the Boston Globe for the info)