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Jon Huntsman Jr. sits on a Harley-Davidson at a dealership during a May visit to Manchester, N.H. The GOP presidential candidate is back in New Hampshire, traversing the campaign trail on a Harley Road King. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. tests the waters for a 2012 GOP presidential bid Saturday with some retail politicking in Gorham, N.H.

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RUNNING: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announces his candidacy for president on Thursday at Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, N.H. Analysts say his Mormon faith remains a stumbling block, as it was in his 2008 campaign, especially among evangelical Christians influential in the GOP. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS For former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, neighboring New Hampshire could make or break his GOP presidential campaign, which kicks off Thursday.

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (second from right), the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, gives a thumbs up from the back seat of a motorcycle at the beginning of Rolling Thunder at the Pentagon in suburban Washington on Sunday, May 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Illustration: GOP gas by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to GOP activists in Waterloo, Iowa, on Thursday as part of a three-day visit to the state.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to GOP activists in Waterloo, Iowa, on Thursday as part of a three-day visit to the state.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told Republican officials they must depend on themselves to raise enough money to carry their states for the GOP in 2012. "The days of you and your state being able to rely on the Republican National Committee for money to get out the vote are over," Mr. Barbour said.

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, is among GOP leaders insisting on binding changes in the short term to discretionary spending and in the long term to entitlement spending. The federal government hit its debt limit on May 16. (AP Photo)

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Illustration: GOP education by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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ASSOCIATED PRESS "This kind of interference is inappropriate," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about GOP pressure on the NLRB regarding Boeing's plan for a South Carolina plant.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus defends real estate mogul Donald Trump as a possible GOP presidential candidate who should be allowed to speak his mind about any issue, even the “birther” one.

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Real estate mogul Donald Trump could make inroads among the religious right in the Republican Party presidential nominating race for 2012 if he picked up the endorsement of the scion of one of the 20th century's foremost evangelists. (Associated Press)

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GOP leadership led by Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) offers remarks during a break as they caucus at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, April 8, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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GOP leadership led by Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) offers remarks during a break as they caucus at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, April 8, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, seen here addressing Ohio Republicans in Cleveland on March 30, took another step in his GOP presidential bid, leasing office space in a Minneapolis high-rise. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann arrives with her husband, Marcus, at a state GOP fundraiser on March 12 in Nashua, N.H. Mrs. Bachmann recently has visited two other early nominating states. She is expected to announce by summer whether she will run for president in 2012. (Associated Press)

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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour sounded like a 2012 GOP presidential candidate in a speech before the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce on Monday. (Associated Press)