Huntsman has 3 strikes against him towards getting the GOP nomination
1. He's Mormon - the Evangelicals would rather have a muslim candidate than a mormon. Evangelicals despise Mormons with incredible passion and will do everything they can to make sure that a Mormon is not the candidate.
2. He's a moderate - The base of the Republican party will never choose a moderate candidate....at least not in the next couple of decades.
3. He's not a right-wing wacko - The base of the party would rather have someone who will advance their radical big government social agenda, than a fiscal conservative.