ByÂ MAGGIE HABERMAN, Politico
It was possible to dismiss the recent Suffolk University poll showing Jon Huntsman in low single digits, but today’s WMUR poll solidifies it – the former Utah governor got no discernible bounce from his rollout.
As of now, Michele Bachmann is beating Huntsman by ten points in New Hampshire, the place where he has hitched his fortunes and the state where he has made repeated stops over the last two months.
They draw from different voter bases, and Huntsman’s focus will be on the undecideds, independents and soft supporters of some of the other hopefuls.
Bachmann also took part in the University of New Hampshire/CNN debate on June 8 that Huntsman skipped, giving her a boost in the state. But so far, her trajectory isn’t showing any slowdown – and Huntsman was hardly lacking for good press for much of the last two months (his rollout certainly had some bumps, as this blog and others covered, but he had largely positive headlines before that).
And, after Ames, the free media focus will heavily rest with the top finishers in the straw poll.
The main questions now are whether Huntsman’s lack of poll standing will impact his fundraising in the third quarter, whether he kicks in more of his personal fortune, and when he decides to go on TV or send direct mail in New Hampshire.
The summer months can be tough for gaining traction, but it seems plausible that paid media becomes the second act.
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