Jon Huntsman Likley To Base 2012 Presidential Campaign In Orlando, Florida

May 18, 2011 10:06am

ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:

Should he decide to run for president, former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is likely to make his campaign headquarters Orlando, Florida, ABC News has learned.

The importance of the Sunshine State in the Republican nominating process — as well as in the general electio — is clear, but Florida also has personal appeal for Huntsman. His wife, Mary Kaye, is from there and still has family in the area.

Aides to the former Utah governor were also said to be considering South Carolina or New Hampshire as a possible bases of operations, before settling on Florida.

Huntsman opens a five-day tour of another critical state — New Hampshire — on Thursday.

 

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