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Jon Huntsman expected to run for governor in Utah

Former ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. will announce a bid for governor of Utah, multiple news outlets reported Wednesday night.

Huntsman, who served as governor of Utah between 2004-2009 before being named former President Obama’s ambassador to China and later President Trump‘s ambassador to Russia, will announce his bid for governor on Thursday, according to the Desert News and Utahpolicy.com.

The governor’s mansion will be up for grabs in 2020 as incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has announced that he does not plan to seek re-election. Herbert has endorsed the candidacy of Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (R) in the state’s Republican primary.

Huntsman is scheduled to meet with reporters following his visit to Southern Utah University on Thursday. He’s also expected to speak at Dixie State University later this week.

The former ambassador unsuccessfully ran for president in 2012, losing the GOP nomination to now-Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

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