The former Utah governor is favored by voters seeking a moderate Republican alternative to more conservative options such as Mitt Romney or Rick Perry. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Huntsman cast himself as a modern world leader who also has demonstrated domestic job-creation experience from his tenure in Salt Lake City. The millionaire has financed large parts of his campaign, and moved his headquarters from Florida to New Hampshire in a bid to finish strong in the first primary state. His biggest challenge may be convincing voters he has the breadth of support to win in a general election campaign.
— Written by Glen Johnson, Boston.com politics editor