Jon Huntsman 2.0: Campaign Focus on New Hampshire


"He's been in the race for four months," said Dennehy. "Tim Pawlenty realized there is a problem and dropped out...They need to assess the problem and fix it or get out."

Others see it differently though.

Levesque said that despite the low poll numbers, he sees the campaign as "targeting individual voters from across the spectrum" instead of putting them in a conservative or moderate camp.

"The people at 'Politics and Eggs' are experienced activists. Many have heard future presidents speak and I thought it was telling they were impressed by his speech," Levesque said.

Andrew Smith is the pollster who heads up the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. He does not expect the next poll from WMUR/UNH to be out for several weeks but said the Huntsman campaign should definitely buy air time in the state.

"You can buy some love by spending money on TV ads, boost name ID, boost the number of people who will vote for you in the polls, then you can tell your fundraisers, 'Hey, we are really cooking in New Hampshire,'" Smith said.

The campaign says they will be curious to see the next poll, but the source close to the campaign says it will not change their strategy one bit: "Slow and steady wins the race here in New Hampshire. You have to go to the small towns, talk to people in their living rooms, have coffee one on one."

Smith stressed that the campaign should turn to its New Hampshire local staff, like Stewart, and make sure they are running the show, but still he's not convinced Huntsman is even in it to win it.

"People get in the race for a lot of reasons. It may be they don't think this is their moment, but they want to boost national name recognition to get a cabinet position or be a person people think about in 2016 if you assume Obama is re-elected," Smith said.

ABC News' Sarah Kunin contributed to this report.

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