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Huntsman left out

Last modified: 11/30/2011 12:00:00 AM
Jon Huntsman has not qualified to participate in a Dec. 10 debate in Iowa, one of the only nationally televised debates remaining before the state holds its caucus Jan. 3.

The Des Moines Register reported earlier this week that Huntsman hasn't met the criteria needed to participate in the ABC News debate: a 5 percent showing in a national candidate poll or the Register's Iowa Poll between Oct. 1 and Dec. 5 of this year.

Huntsman, the former governor of Utah who has also served as U.S. ambassador to China, is polling at 8 percent in New Hampshire, according to a recent WMUR poll, but earned just 1 percent in the Register's Iowa Poll conducted in October. He managed 3 percent in recent national polls conducted by CNN/Opinion Research and Fox News, according to RealClearPolitics.

The candidates currently qualified to take part in the Dec. 10 debate are Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, according to the Register.

Huntsman has qualified to participate in a Dec. 15 debate in Iowa that will be televised by Fox News, the Register reported.

A Huntsman campaign spokesman declined comment yesterday.


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