Should he run, Huntsman to base WH campaign in Fla

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Posted: May 18, 2011 10:10 AM

If former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman decides to join the Republican presidential race as expected, he would base his campaign in Orlando, Fla.

Huntsman aides on Wednesday said a campaign based in central Florida would show how seriously the just-returned U.S. ambassador to China is taking the state in both the primary and the general elections. Aides point out that Huntsman's wife, Mary Kaye, grew up in the area and her family still lives there.

The aides spoke on the condition of anonymity because Huntsman hasn't decided to make official his run. Huntsman, however, was set to make a weekend visit to New Hampshire, which hosts the nation's first primary, and has already visited South Carolina, another early nominating state.

The GOP's nominating convention is also in Florida, in Tampa.