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Huntsman may be hard-pressed to gain traction in S.C.
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Potential presidential contender Jon Huntsman, known as a Harley Davidson enthusiast in his home state of Utah, may soon hit the road as an official candidate for the Republican Party, but he’ll need more than a shiny motorcycle helmet and a leather jacket to electrify voters in South Carolina. The 51-year-old who fluently speaks Mandarin Chinese is viewed as a moderate Republican and may join Mitt Romney as the second Mormon in the race. Upon leaving his job as a two-term governor of Utah in 2009, Huntsman’s approval rating was actually still over 80 percent and many, including President Barack Obama, considered him to be a strong prospective candidate for the 2012 election.