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Romney, Huntsman to visit Utah on same day

By Lisa Riley Roche | Posted - Jun. 15, 2011 at 12:55 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. both plan to visit Utah on June 24.

Huntsman will hold a public event as well as a fundraiser while he's in Utah, his spokesman, Tim Miller, said Wednesday.

Next Tuesday, Huntsman is scheduled to announce his bid for the White House at the Statue of Liberty. Tuesday is the birthday of his father, billionaire industrialist and philanthropist, Jon Huntsman Sr.

Huntsman, who served as the U.S. ambassador to China until only recently, has already been back to Utah to gather with family members to discuss his run for president.

While in Utah, Huntsman met with a number of community and business leaders but made no public appearances. He has already hit the campaign trail, however, especially in New Hampshire, the first state to hold a presidential primary in 2012.

Details of his public event and fundraiser have yet to be released.

Politico reported that Utah is just one of five states Huntsman will visit following his announcement. Other stops on the campaign swing are in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and, on the same day he's coming to Utah, Nevada.

Huntsman won't be the only presidential candidate in Utah on June 24. Mitt Romney, another GOP contender with Utah ties and membership in the Mormon church, will also be here.

Romney has fundraisers schedule at a private home in Orem and at the Grand America hotel in Salt Lake City. The events, announced to Utah supporters earlier this month on the same day Romney declared he was running again for president, cost a minimum of $1,000 to attend.

When it comes to popular politicians in Utah, it's hard to beat Romney and Huntsman.

Romney pulled in nearly 90 percent of the Utah vote in the last presidential primary election. Huntsman was elected to his second term as Utah's governor by close to 80 percent of the vote.

Written by Lisa Riley Roche with contributions from Randall Jeppesen.

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