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Some voters still opting for Huntsman

Published March 8, 2012 2:26 pm

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman may have left the presidential race nearly two months ago, but it appears some voters want him back.

Huntsman collected 41,964 votes in his third-place finish in New Hampshire primary but pulled out of the race days after when it was clear he had no path forward. But Huntsman has remained on the ballot in several states holding primaries and nabbed more than 23,000 more votes.

Overall, Huntsman has won 66,548 votes for president, none of which matter, of course, now that he's ended his campaign.

The ex-governor appears to be racking up votes from people who either a) think he's still in the race or b) are protesting the candidates who still are.

Fred Hurley of Massachusetts tweeted this week that he voted for Huntsman.

"Oh, what might have been," he said.

Of course, Huntsman's vote total pales in comparison to those Republican contenders who are still active in the race. Mitt Romney, for example, grabbed 456,513 votes from Ohio on Tuesday.

Huntsman's haul? 6,428.— Thomas BurrTwitter.com/thomaswburr