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Jon Huntsman Gets 'Boston Globe' Endorsement

ABC/Donna Svennevik(BOSTON) -- Jon Huntsman got a high-profile endorsement when the Boston Globe backed his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination over a frontrunner from the paper’s home state, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The Globe made clear that it was between Huntsman and Romney for the endorsement. But it suggested Romney has moved too far to the right in his pursuit of the nomination. Indeed, the endorsement of Huntsman spent a fair amount of time describing the faults of Romney.

“Both his supporters and detractors suspect that behind the conservative scaffolding is a data-driven moderate who will make practical compromises. But the way Romney has run his campaign, it’s impossible to tell,” wrote the Boston Globe editorial board.

Romney has undergone policy evolutions on numerous issues as a candidate and as governor since he first sought office in the 1990s.

The paper suggested its endorsement has something to do with drawing Romney -- who has a good chance at securing the nomination if he wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida -- back from the conservative side of the Republican Party.

Read the endorsement here.

“Even if Romney emerges as the nominee, it matters how he gets there,” the editorial reads. “Already, the religious right, represented by Rick Santorum, and Tea Party activists, represented by Ron Paul, have pushed Romney in unwanted directions. In New Hampshire, Republican and independent voters have a chance, through Huntsman, to show him a sturdier model. Jon Huntsman would be a better president. But if he fails, he could still make Romney a better candidate.”

Huntsman’s campaign has focused almost exclusively on New Hampshire, much like Rick Santorum focused on Iowa heading into the caucus there. Surely, Huntsman hopes he can surge in New Hampshire the way Santorum did in Iowa. But while Romney also had to surge to success in Iowa, Huntsman faces Romney near his home turf.

Four years ago, in the 2008 contest, the Globe endorsed Sen. John McCain, the ultimate winner, over Romney, who placed second.

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Romney Maintains Lead in New Hampshire

James Devaney/WireImage(BOSTON) -- Mitt Romney is holding a sizeable lead in New Hampshire with a hypothetical 39 percent of the vote, according to a Boston Globe poll released Sunday.

Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are tied for second place, with each garnering 17 percent of the vote among the state’s likely Republican voters.

Jon Huntsman is the only other candidate to break into double-digits with 11 percent of support.

All other candidates are in the single digits.

Romney leads among all groups of GOP voters, including those who support the Tea Party and those who consider themselves to be conservative. He also takes a quarter of the independent vote, though Paul is the leader among this group of voters with 36 percent.

Gingrich does lead Romney in one category, however. Twenty percent of GOP primary voters said they would not vote for Gingrich under “any circumstances.” Paul is a close second with 17 percent. Just 9 percent of voters feel this way about Romney.

Romney is also top vote getter in the category of “most likely to flip-flop” with 36 percent. Gingrich comes in second with 22 percent.

Twenty-seven percent of people say it is important/very important that they personally meet a candidate. Thirty-five percent say it’s “not important at all,” a blow to the theory that retail politics is the only way to campaign in the Granite State.

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Democrats Request Records from Romney’s Governorship

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic National Committee is now requesting records sent during Gov. Mitt Romney’s tenure in office in Massachusetts, filing a Freedom of Information Act request just hours after Romney’s campaign used the same means to request records of correspondence between President Obama’s re-election staff and current Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

According to the DNC, the formal paperwork was filed because “Americans deserve to know whether the Romney administration deliberately sought to delete public records in anticipation of requests regarding Gov. Romney’s record on a range of issues -- from abortion to health care -- and how he reached policy decisions when in office.”

An article in the Boston Globe earlier Thursday launched the back-and-forth requests, unveiling an investigation into Romney aides who the paper claimed tried to digitally cleanse Romney’s office in 2006 when he was still governor of Massachusetts. The piece led Romney’s presidential campaign to accuse his gubernatorial successor -- Obama ally Patrick -- of being “an opposition research arm of the Obama re-election campaign.”

Now, the DNC is asking the state of Massachusetts for any electronic correspondence dated between Jan. 3, 2003 and Jan. 4, 2007 between any of the 11 aides described in the Boston Globe investigation as having purchased hard drives and working to wipe a digital data server prior to leaving office.

Eleven of Romney’s top aides purchased 17 state-issued hard drives for $65 each, some doing so just weeks before Gov.  Patrick -- a Democrat and strong supporter of President Obama -- took office, effectively obliterating the electronic record of the Romney administration, the Globe reported.

In a statement to the paper, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul had this to say: “In leaving office, the governor’s staff complied with the law and longtime executive branch practice. Some employees exercised the option to purchase computer equipment when they left. They did so openly with personal checks.”

Saul did not immediately respond to the DNC records request.

Following the Globe’s article Thursday, Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades responded and submitted a Freedom of Information Act request asking that Patrick’s office make public all email correspondence, phone logs and visitor logs showing contacts that his office has had with Obama campaign figures David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Jim Messina.

In the letter to Patrick's office, Rhoades wrote, “State law strictly prohibits you and your staff from using public resources for political campaign purposes. Under state law, a public employee may not provide services to a candidate or campaign during his or her work hours.”

“Nonetheless, it is evident that your office has become an opposition research arm of the Obama re-election campaign,” Rhoades continued, making reference to the Globe investigation and accusing Patrick's chief legal counsel of supplying the paper with copies of checks used by Romney staffers to buy the computers.

“This action was nothing more than a weak attempt to disparage practices that you know were in complete compliance with the law,” wrote Rhoades.

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