A little-noticed factor in this primary race has been how consistently, and aggressively, the Huntsman campaign has targeted Mitt Romney in recent months. From my piece on the homepage today:
The Huntsman campaign has deployed websites, online videos, and snarky statements and tweets in a wide-ranging effort to drag down Romney’s New Hampshire poll numbers. During the seven debates in the fall, Huntsman attacked Romney twelve times, more than he hit any other contender, according to analysis done by the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics.
“He appears to have a sharp communications staff that’s real adept at really trying to draw sustained contrast with Mitt Romney,” says New Hampshire Republican strategist Rich Killion. “And they do it very well through videos, social media, and Twitter, and really, just trying to poke the bear.”