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Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor whose campaign never caught on, plans to quit the GOP Presidential race today.
Close campaign aides tell Capitol Hill Blue that Huntsman told his staff Sunday night and will announce his departure from the race in a press conference where he will also endorse current GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.
“It’s over,” a disheartened campaign aide said. “We tried but we just couldn’t make it work.”
Huntsman’s announcement comes one day after he gained an major endorsement in South Carolina from The State newspaper.
“Too little, too late,” the aide said. “It’s over.”
Some campaign watchers see Huntsman’s departure as a major blow to conservatives who hoped to wrest the nomination from the more moderate Romney.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to drop out following the South Carolina primary.