It is now down to five main Republican candidates as Jon Huntsman announced today from Mrytle Beach, S.C. that he is dropping out of the presidential race. “Today, I am suspending my campaign for the presidency”, said Huntsman. He added, “This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks not worthy of the American people and not worthy of this critical time in our nation’s history.” Even with this statement Huntsman still endorsed Mitt Romney for President, “I believe it is now time for our party to unite around the candidate best equipped to defeat Barack Obama. Despite our differences and the space between us on some of the issues, I believe that candidate is Governor Mitt Romney.”
Of the main Republican candidates – those invited to the debates – Jon Huntsman was the only candidate that could be considered reasonable, in my opinion. I believe Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry are un-electable. Ron Paul probably has the greatest chance within this circle but he is still un-electable. That leaves Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich and I think Gingrich has all but a toe in the un-electable circle. The leaves Romney as the only strong candidate, well, as strong as any Republican candidate in this election season.
It appears the rest of the primary season will likely shape up to be at best a formality. We now know – barring some incredibly damaging revelation – Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for President of the United States.
Maybe South Carolina can now make room on their ballot for Stephen Colbert’s mock run for ‘President of The United States of South Carolina‘. Maybe not.