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With campaign at stake, Huntsman counting on surge

Former Utah governor says he feels “a little momentum.”

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"I just have a request for you," Huntsman says. "I want your vote. I learned when I ran for governor, if I don’t ask for your vote, I’m never going to get it."

Some 90 minutes later, he’s won over some voters and is swarmed by a crowd of those who want to shake his hand.

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Buddy Barnett is one.

"I’m pretty impressed," Barnett says. "He’s honest, sincere, tells it like it is, warts and all, like it or not."

Barnett is puzzled, too, that Huntsman isn’t ahead in New Hampshire.

"I’m having a hard time fathoming that given that all the other candidates have had their day in the sun, and most of them didn’t deserve it," says Barnett, a registered Republican. "So I can’t understand why this guy hasn’t caught on long before now. I can’t understand why he’s not the front-runner."

Barnett is a die-hard Huntsman voter. But he won’t be casting a ballot for him on Tuesday.

He lives in Vermont.


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