It's official. The most qualified and least radical GOP presidential candidate has dropped out as Jon Huntsman exits the race. All that's left are the losers and posers.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman withdrew from the Republican presidential race Monday and endorsed front-runner Mitt Romney, providing a potentially pivotal potential boost for the former Massachusetts governor.
Huntsman made the announcement in South Carolina, site of the critical first Southern primary this Saturday. His decision could provide an extra cushion of votes for Romney, who is facing stiff conservative competition from Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
"Our campaign for the presidency ends, but our campaign for a (better) American continues," Huntsman declared. "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 Gov. Mitt Romney."
Unlike Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich, Huntsman's moment in the sun came on a cloudy day. He ran an honorable campaign - at least until he endorsed Romney. I'm curious why he did it so early; it seems like holding back would have given him more of an opportunity to vie for the veep slot or a cabinet position.
Video of Huntsman's speech is after the break.