Huntsman Comes in Second in RLC Straw Poll
Did Jon Huntsman's wife help him win supporters in New Orleans this weekend?
11:05 PM, Jun 18, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The big GOP primary news of the day is Jon Huntsman's surprisingly strong showing in the straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans:
This was something of a shock, considering that the moderate Huntsman was seen as not having much purchase among the die hard grassroots followers that attend these kind of events and vote in straw polls.
I asked one GOP campaign veteran who was at the conference how this happened, and his answer was intriguing. "His wife did a fantastic job, just doing retail politics and meeting people at the event," the operative said. "I think that's a big part of it -- she's a big asset."
Hmm. Maybe Mary Kaye Huntsman will turn out to be the anti-Callista Gingrich.
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