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“I don’t care whether you’re Republican, whether you’re independent, whether you’re Democrat, I want to get your vote. But I’m going to tell you right at the outset, I’m not going to pander,” the GOP candidate told about 100 New Hampshire Rotary Club members one recent day. “I’m not going to sign meaningless pledges, and I’m not going to journey to New York to meet with Don Trump.

“There are just some things that I will not do.”

It’s a message that Mr. Huntsman hopes will resonate with New Hampshire’s moderate Republicans and independent voters who will play a prominent role in its rapidly approaching presidential primary. And it provides a window into his last, best chance at keeping his presidential hopes alive a come-from-behind New Hampshire victory that would deal a blow to Mitt Romney and catapult Mr. Huntsman to the front of the GOP nomination fight.

Two weeks have passed since the former Utah governor moved his national headquarters from Florida to the aging former industrial center that is Manchester, N.H.

It was a move of necessity.

He is shedding campaign staff. His campaign debt totals about $890,000, even after he gave the campaign more than $2 million of his own money, according to new finance reports. And Mr. Huntsman, the Obama administration’s former ambassador to China, is barely registering in national polls.

From wire dispatches and staff reports