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Monday, September 26, 2016

Jon Huntsman has been mired in the low single digits since he launched his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination over the summer, a joke among conservative activists and the media. He seemed to embrace the role, associating himself with the ‘Occupy’ movement on the left, coming out with the most progressive and transformational financial reform proposals of either party, and dismissing Republican madness on science and climate change.

But now that he’s picking up some steam in New Hampshire and earning plaudits from the Republican chattering class as perhaps the most conservative nominee that can be hoped for, the former Utah governor is lurching right, eager to assuage fears and shore up his right flank in the case that he finds himself halfway-viable come January.