With focus on Iowa, Huntsman continues NH effort

By HOLLY RAMER | January 2, 2012 | 2:40 PM EST

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman says New Hampshire is a state that likes underdogs and rewards grass-roots politics. But even after months of campaigning there, some voters he met on Monday said they hadn't heard of him.

Polls show Huntsman trailing the other contenders for the GOP nomination. He's skipping Tuesday's Iowa caucuses and has pinned all of his hopes on a strong showing in New Hampshire, when voters there speak on Jan. 10.

Huntsman told reporters Monday that even if Romney wins in both Iowa and New Hampshire, there will be more than one ticket out to South Carolina, the state that votes next in the process.

But he said he doesn't expect Romney to pull off a big New Hampshire win despite his wide lead in the polls.