NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Jon Huntsman's campaign tactic to move toward the center, away from Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, could help him grab a lead in Romney's supposedly sure-thing state of New Hampshire.
This is why it likely won't surprise some that Huntsman's campaign threatened on Thursday to boycott Nevada in the primaries if the state holds its caucuses on Jan. 14, before New Hampshire holds its primary. New Hampshire traditionally holds the first primary but it has yet to announce a date.
|Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman|
The former Utah governor has canvassed New Hampshire more than any other state as his campaign is likely aware that state law allows for an open primary -- which means any registered voter, regardless of party affiliation, can vote in the 2012 primary.
"We call on the other campaigns to join us, especially Governor Romney's campaign given their involvement in moving Nevada's date forward," Matt David, Huntsman's campaign manager, said in a statement.Huntsman's motive is to show New Hampshire voters that he is looking out for their interests. "It makes sense for Huntsman to issue this challenge," Fergus Cullen, former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman, told TheStreet. "New Hampshire is not happy to