Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman today announced he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and will endorse front-runner Mitt Romney.
While the more moderate Huntsman hasn't had much support in the polls in conservative South Carolina, which holds its primary Saturday, his decision to pull out could provide a critical extra cushion of votes for Romney, who is facing stiff conservative competition there from Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
Romney's campaign -- already bolstered by a huge campaign war chest and a wave of momentum after wins in Iowa and New Hampshire -- is hoping for a possible knockout blow if the former Massachusetts governor finishes first in the Palmetto State. South Carolina has picked the winner of every GOP presidential nomination fight since 1980.
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