As Politico's Mike Allen first reported, the former Utah governor plans to base his expected White House campaign in Orlando, Fla., right in the heart of a key presidential swing state that will no doubt influence the upcoming GOP primary and 2012 general election.
A source close to the former governor, who declined to be named, told The Ticket that while Huntsman has not made a final decision, Orlando is "likely" to be where his campaign is based if he officially decides to run. But it's not just for the obvious political benefit, the source says: Huntsman's wife, Mary Kaye, grew up in the area, and her family, including her parents, live there.
Still, the decision is a hint at Huntsman's thinking on plotting a successful path to the GOP nomination. The former governor, who left his post as President Obama's ambassador to China last month, visited South Carolina earlier this month, and piggy-backed a trip to Florida on that jaunt. Tomorrow, he's scheduled to kick off a five-day visit to New Hampshire.
(Photo of Jon and Mary Kaye Huntsman: Charles Dharapak/AP)
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