Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman announced Monday he will drop out of the GOP race and will endorse Mitt Romney.
Huntsman, a former Utah governor and Ambassador to China, had struggled to gain any traction in the race. He never got out of the single digits in any South Carolina polls.
He had decided to focus most of his campaign resources on the New Hampshire primary last week, but a third-place finish there doomed his campaign in many observers’ eyes. However, Huntsman saw it as a “ticket to ride” to South Carolina.
“This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks not worthy of the American people,” Huntsman told reporters.
AUDIO: Huntsman speech to end campaign (7:31)
Huntsman had been endorsed by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, as well as former Attorney General Henry McMaster. However, his positions– notably on climate change and the stimulus– were seen as too moderate.
According to Real Clear Politics, Huntsman was averaging about 5.3 percent support among likely South Carolina GOP voters.