Mitt Romney is crushing Jon Huntsman in the polls...and in fundraising in Utah.
Bloomberg reports that Romney has raised nearly $2 million from Utah donors so far, while Huntsman has gathered just $255,000 from the state.
His total is only slightly larger than the $237,705 PresidentBarack Obama has collected from donors in Utah, a state he lost by 29 percentage points in the 2008 election.
“We’ve seen Mitt Romney up close and personal,” said U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, a former Huntsman chief of staff and campaign manager who is backing Romney in the presidential race.
Referring to Romney’s Olympics work, Chaffetz said: “He helped to lead the charge. It’s something that the country and Utah could be proud of. It’s clearly why Utahans are so strongly behind Mitt Romney. We like the way he does business.”
Romney’s edge is the perception that he “has got a better shot at the nomination,” said David Alvord, a dentist in South Jordan, Utah, who ran a pro-Romney blog during his failed 2008 presidential bid.