Huntsman To Boycott Presidential Debate

Source: Mark Preston / CNN

Las Vegas – Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman said Friday he was skipping next week’s Western Republican Presidential Debate out of deference to New Hampshire, which is locked in a political scheduling fight with Nevada.

Huntsman will instead hold a campaign event in New Hampshire Tuesday evening as his seven rivals for the GOP presidential nomination face off in the debate, which takes place in Las Vegas. Huntsman’s show of loyalty to New Hampshire comes 24 hours after announcing he would boycott the Nevada caucuses unless state GOP officials moved the date of their presidential nominating contest to later in January to accommodate Granite State law.

It also is another sign that Huntsman, a former Utah governor, is focusing his campaign squarely on trying to win the New Hampshire primary and using that victory to try and help him win the Republican presidential nomination.

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