Campaign officials leaked to the press Sunday night that Huntsman would be ending his campaign Monday.
The newspaper's associate editor Cindi Scoppe wrote a column Sunday explaining that the paper was aware that Huntsman was a long shot, but felt that even if he doesn't win, "a strong showing could nudge Mr. Romney in better directions than did the voters’ early fascination with other candidates vying for the title of Mr. or Ms. Bellicose Extremist."
In an interview with The Guardian Monday, Scoppe used another surprising comparison to explain the experience of endorsing a candidate less than 24 hours before he quits:
"Cindi Scoppe, associate editor of The State, said Huntsman's decision has left the newspaper feeling like a spurned lover.
Scoppe, who penned the endorsement piece on the former Utah governor that was published a day before he dropped out, said: 'It is rather like having gone through a courtship for some period of time and finally making love with a man, for him to suddenly turn around and say, 'you know what, I think I'm gay'."
While the situation may be embarrassing for The State's editorial board, some readers have gotten a kick out of the entire situation. One commenter on the online article endorsing Huntsman writes:
"Since we've established that it takes only 24 hours for an endorsement by the state to lead to withdrawal, I urge the state to endorse Barack Obama for president at once!"
(H/T: Burns & Haberman)