- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 8, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, trailing well behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the polls, no longer is predicting an outright victory in Tuesday’s GOP primary in New Hampshire.

“We’re going to do well,” Mr. Huntsman, a former Utah governor, told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.”

His campaign’s goal is to “exceed market expectations” — a benchmark, he said, that would be set by reporters and pundits who are covering the New Hampshire contest.

Two surveys released Friday show Mr. Huntsman polling less than 10 percent, behind front-runner Mr. Romeny, who had the support of 42 percent to 44 percent of Republican voters.

Both polls also have Mr. Huntsman running behind Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Mr. Huntsman, who consistently predicted he would win New Hampshire in the months leading up to the primary, skipped last week’s Iowa caucuses to focus on the Granite State.

Asked to set his own benchmark for Tuesday’s contest, the Mr. Huntsman, a former ambassador to China, demurred, saying simply that the campaign would “do well.”

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