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January 16th, 2012

Huntsman Ends Campaign – Backs Romney

Jon Huntsman’s ticket to ride was a one-way ticket home.  After finishing a disappointing third place behind Mitt Romney and Ron Paul in New Hampshire, Huntsman has decided to no longer pursue the Republican nomination.

Even though Huntsman is dropping out of the race and endorsing Mitt Romney, his decision to drop out before tonight’s Fox News debate is helpful to the other candidates who remain.  With fewer people on the debate stage, the remaining candidates will be given a greater opportunity to seal the deal with voters or to engage Romney in the debates.

Huntsman’s decision to get out of the race also will put pressure on candidates like Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry who have yet to place better than Huntsman did in New Hampshire.  Both Gingrich and Perry have yet to finish higher than fourth place in either of the first two contests.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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