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  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Jon Huntsman walks to Norton's Classic Cafe in Nashua with his wife Mary Kaye and one of his daughters, Gracie Mei, Monday, January 2, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman arrives at Nashua City Hall for a meeting with mayor Donalee Lozeau Monday, January 2, 2012. Huntsman was campaigning in Nashua with his wife Mary Kaye and one of his daughters Gracie Mei.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Huntsman, his wife Mary Kaye and one of his daughters, Gracie Mei, pause at the bust of John F. Kennedy outside of Nashua City Hall Monday, January 2, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Jon Huntsman, his wife Mary Kay and daughter Gracie Mei at Nashua City Hall Monday, January2, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Mary Kaye Huntsman meets Nashua mayor Donalee Lozeau at City Hall Monday, January 2, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman leans in to talk with people in a van stopped for a light in front of Nashua City Hall Monday, January 2, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman stops to talk to a woman on Main Street during a a campaign stop in Nashua with his wife Mary Kaye and one of his daughters Gracie Mei.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Jon Huntsman gets into his SUV while campaigning in Nashua with his wife Mary Kaye and one of his daughters Gracie Mei.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman leans in to talk with people in a van stopped for a light in front of Nashua City Hall Monday, January 2, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Jon Huntsman leaves Nashua City Hall after a meeting with Mayor Donalee Lozeau in Nashua with his wife Mary Kaye and one of his daughters Gracie Mei Monday, January 2, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Jon Huntsman walks through Norton's Classic Cafe in Nashua Monday, January 2, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Huntsman talks with Nashuan Jimmy Pacheco at Norton's Classic Cafe on Main Street Monday, January 2, 2012. was campaigning in Nashua with his wife Mary Kaye and one of his daughters Gracie Mei.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Jon Huntsman walks to the Nashua Garden restaurant on Main Street in Nashua with his wife Mary Kaye and one of his daughters Gracie Mei Monday, January 2, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel


    Candidate Huntsman at the Nashua Garden Monday, January 2, 2012.
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    Jon Huntsman in Nashua with his wife Mary Kaye on Monday, January 2, 2012.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Huntsman courts Nashua voters on eve of Iowa Caucus

NASHUA – On the eve of the Iowa Caucus, Jon Huntsman had New Hampshire to himself Monday.

While presumed presidential frontrunners Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and the rest of the Republican field flocked to the Hawkeye State for Tuesday’s caucus, Huntsman, the former Utah governor, stopped in Nashua, greeting voters and courting votes in Gate City businesses.

He started the day meeting with Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, and he then moved on to Main Street, where he stopped in the Nashua Garden and Norton’s Classic Cafe, among other businesses.

“Great to see you. How can I get your vote?” Huntsman said, joining diners in a booth at the Main Street cafe.

“We’re out here trying to win every vote we can,” he said. “We’re going to do very well next week.”

Huntsman, who has trailed in most state and national polls, has staked his campaign almost entirely on next week’s New Hampshire primary. Unlike his competitors, he has hardly campaigned in Iowa. This fall, he re-located his campaign headquarters to Manchester, and in the months since he has held nearly 150 public events across the Granite State.

“I think we will prove this was absolutely the right strategy,” the candidate said, sitting in a booth at the Nashua Garden. “A day or two after Iowa, people will have forgotten about the results. ... The spotlight will be on New Hampshire, and the results coming out of New Hampshire will be consequential.”

Recent polls suggest Huntsman’s groundwork may be starting to pay off. The candidate placed fourth in a poll of likely New Hampshire voters released this week by Suffolk University in Boston.

According to the poll, Huntsman trails only Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, Gingrich, the former House Speaker, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he landed in the top three (in New Hampshire),” said Lozeau, the Nashua governor, who met with Huntsman Monday morning.

She has not yet offered her endorsement to any candidate.

“There are some candidates who are very comfortable with just your basic retail people skills,” Lozeau said. “I think that’s why he’s doing so well with that here.”