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Former Utah Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage, saying it's actually a very conservative idea.

In an op-ed for The American Conservative, Huntsman writes about pushing for civil unions and equality for the LGBTQ community as Governor of Utah.

Now, the Republican adds, it's time for his party to step up.

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“Conservatives should start to lead again on this issue and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry,” he writes.

“There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love."

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And then there were five. Jon Huntsman has become the latest casualty of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, dropping out this morning after a decent, but not overwhelming showing in the New Hampshire primary last week.

In announcing his withdrawal today, he derided the negativity permeating the GOP primary race and immediately threw his support behind Mitt Romney.

"Today, I am suspending my campaign for the presidency," the ex-Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China said at a news conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"I believe it is now time for our party to unite around a 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."

Huntsman's support for the one-time Massachusetts governor is not unexpected given Romney's frontrunner status (he won both Iowa and New Hampshire).

There are also issues on which the two men agree, and both are open about their strong Mormon faith, though relations between the two have been frosty of late.

Huntsman, who was polling behind Stephen Colbert in South Carolina, had no path forward and exited not by criticizing Romney, but the "toxic" tone of the race.

"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," Huntsman said.

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Stephen Colbert may not have succeeded in buying the naming rights to the South Carolina Republican primary, but he is polling at a respectable 5 percent.

Seriously, he is. That's tied with Rick Perry and ahead of Jon Huntsman.

If Huntsman is hopeful he'll get a bump after his third-place finish in New Hampshire last night ... this is not it. Again, he is trailing comedian Stephen Colbert.

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The survey, by Public Policy Polling (PPP), puts the Comedy Central anchor, who is not (and was never) running, at an even 5 percent, with Perry. Huntsman has 4 percent.

With that projected vote tally, Colbert is in a tie for fifth behind Mitt Romney (30%), Newt Gingrich (23%), Rick Santorum (19%) and Ron Paul (10%), respectively.

Admittedly, many of Colbert’s supporters may be Democrats planning to participate in the Palmetto State’s open primary ... or just saying his name as a joke.

If so, nicely played.

Colbert also happens to be a South Carolina native and very involved in politics, albeit in an absurd way. Who knows, if his Colbert Nation Super PAC starts making some key ad buys, maybe he'll creep into double digits. Watch your back Mitt.

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After finishing a respectable, but still distant third in the New Hampshire primary, is former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's campaign DOA heading into South Carolina?

A late surge of support carried his percentage of the vote into the double digits, but Mitt Romney won easily and Ron Paul enjoyed a healthy second-place margin.

Still, in his speech Tuesday night he tried hard to portray that result as evidence of a gathering storm of Huntsmentum heading into the next primary January 21.

“Third place is a ticket to ride! South Carolina, here we come!” said the ex-ambassador to China. Sadly, Huntsmentum may soon it a wall in the Palmetto State.

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Politicians (or at least interns with access to official campaign accounts) need to fall in line with the rest of celebrity culture and talk trash on Twitter more often.

On a night in which he finished a strong third after the hotly-contested Iowa caucus results were tabulated, Ron Paul took a hilarious shot at Jon Huntsman online.

Paul personally did not write this, but someone with access to his Twitter did, and the campaign even owned up to it, rather than use the "hacking" defense. Look:

Hilarious Paul Tweet

Huntsman, the former Utah governor who skipped Iowa to focus on next week's primary in New Hampshire, has been hitting Paul in the latter state in recent days.

Paul's campaign hasn't engaged him directly, but they clearly noticed.

The Tweet was nixed shortly after it posted, but Paul spokesman Gary Howard said it was mistakenly deleted and was later re-posted. He told Politico the following:

"I think someone mistakenly deleted it. I think our IT guy didn't know it was being tweeted when he saw it, thought someone hacked it. But it wasn't hacked."

"It was our tweet. We said what we wanted to say."

Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller said in response:

"We find it odd that Congressman Paul would attack Gov. Huntsman in such a childish fashion. Just the latest in a long line of odd statements from him."

Game on in New Hampshire, gentlemen!

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In desperate need of a bump in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman might consider making this a regular part of his campaign stops.

The former Utah Governor may trail frontrunners Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul where it counts - name recognition - but are any of them in a band?!

After sitting down with David Letterman last night, Huntsman sat in with the band on a rocking version of the Chuck Berry classic, "Johnny B. Goode." Really.

Watch him play the piano on The Late Show below!

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