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Jon Huntsman Replaces His Campaign Manager

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As the Post's Aaron Blake reports, "High-level staff departures early in a presidential campaign are generally not seen as a good thing." Huntsman's top strategist, John Weaver, said the news comes as part of a new focus for the campaign.

"Campaign is moving into phase 2, which will be more aggressive from a messaging and tactical standpoint," he told NBC News in a report tweeted by Mark Murray.

It's not a stretch to say that Huntsman's highly-anticipated presidential bid has landed on the Republican landscape with a thud. Polls show him down in nowheresville in New Hampshire, where he's expected to make his first stand (he's officially skipping Iowa.) Nationally, he's not doing any better.

Huntsman made a big deal about keeping it clean on the primary campaign trail when he got in. He's already veered away from that model a bit. Neither has done much for his poll numbers.