Another debate, another candidate gone. This time it's Jon Huntsman, who dropped out hours before tonight's scheduled gathering and endorsed Mitt Romney. That brings to four the number of big name Republicans whose campaigns didn't make it to South Carolina: Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and now Huntsman.
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For those who remain, the focus is on the now unambiguous frontrunner Mitt Romney, who has plenty of momentum on his side after a strong New Hampshire win. After being mocked all year for his inability to crack the mid-20s in national polls, rank and file Republicans are finally starting to come around. His position in the TPM Polling Average is spiking near 40%, suggesting that the end may be near for the Republican contest.